1953 Hudson Hornet – Hubba Hubba!

Donno about you, but I consider it a good omen when I find an old car at a shop I’m about to patronise. Not just any old car(s), mind; one of the worst establishments I ever pissed away money at was fairly teeming with old cars. No, a good-omen old car has to have a particular bearing to it—the vibe kind of bearing, I mean; not the rolling type. This ’53 Hornet had such a good bearing I could almost pick it up on my car’s radio.

From out here, the trunk looks to have enormous capacity. The tail lights look big enough to probably work decently. And nobody’s going to dent up your licence plate while parallel parking by tele-touch.

It wouldn’t be completely unfair to call this car bathtub-shaped. Same with the ’91 Chev Caprice, but that bathtub hurts my eyes. The Hudson here makes me wish we could have more things that look like this in today’s world. Such lovely streamlining!

In general, I’m not a super big fan of frowny faces on cars of the late ’40s to mid ’50s, but this one’s quite fine. It’s neither spartan nor overgilded; it’s just right—nicely brought together by the triangle tying together the bumper; grille, and hood. And yes I dig that wide chrome hood ornament; fendertop rockets; openable cowl, and windshield made of two curved panels. Nice, big turn signals, too, tidily integrated.

Classy chrome collection here, in ideal condition. The grey sill paint is interesting; looking at the whole car, it seems to have been a thoughtful choice.

Twin H-Power. That means the car has Hudson’s giant 308-cubic-inch (5-litre) flathead six engine with twin Carter 1-barrel carburetors. I didn’t get to see under the hood of this car, so this Wikimedia image of a ’54 will stand in:

Who’s a pretty motor, then? Christopher Ziemnowicz image at Wikimedia Commons


A flying Hornet rocket on the trunklid brings its own tailfins…

…and so does the one at the front of each side spear.

Here too, an expression of the design themes of the day with just the right amount of moxie; neither too little, nor too much. Same goes for its condition: old but clean but faded but maintained.

Ahhhhhhh. These colours and shapes and stainless and glass all together are yes. Even the side glass on cars used to be laminated, rather than tempered; the quarter window here shows minor signs of delamination at the edge.

Yet again, exuberance tempered by presence of mind; a Hydramatic rather than high dramatics. And that glossy green steering wheel is the most!

The vibe was true; the shop did craftsmanlike work for me.