HERE to read my blog about owning and driving "Doc"
searching for the right Hudson Hornet coupe for almost 5 years.
Finally "Doc" showed up on eBay and was just the car I've been
looking for. I love the pale yellow color, and I like the
period-correct sunvisor and Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. The car even
has the little under-dash chrome Kleenex box holder (Detroit, listen up!).
Doc is a 1951 model. This first-year Hornet did not originally come
with the the "Twin H" dual
carb configuration. However, upgrading the engine to the dual carb
configuration is a common and acceptable upgrade (albeit doesn't help the
already dismal gas mileage!). I'm told that the engine in this car
originally came from a 1954 Hornet.
I was told by the previous owner that Doc was restored by Bill Albright, a
well-known and respected Hudson authority (recently deceased as of late
2009), who held the distinction of owning the very last Hudson dealership
in the US! Click
here for an interesting video on Bill Albright. Sure enough,
recently, I had to remove the driver-side door panel for a quick repair,
and there hidden on the inner door was written, with a magic marker:
"Bill Albright 1-1-01":
were extraordinary vehicles for their time. Their celebrated
"step-down" design incorporated the strength of a traditional
separate frame into a partial unibody structure, creating a low passenger
seating profile and low center of gravity. They handled well, and had huge
power for the era. The Twin-H engines produced over 200 HP in some
versions. This 6 cylinder engine was the largest produced during
As a result, a NASCAR driver named Marshall Teague won the
National NASCAR championship in a stock Hudson for three years running in 1951-52-53.
2010: Finally, Doc has an air conditioner!
the image above to view my documentation of the A/C installation
Click below to
View or Print actual life-size templates for the compressor mounting