Hudson Super Six Brougham

New to the Hudson Super Six catalogue in May 1925 was the Brougham, a close-coupled four-door saloon with seating for five. The bodies were supplied by Biddle and Smart of Amesbury, Massachusetts, who had a close relationship with Hudson while also providing some bodies for the American-built Rolls-Royce, built at nearby Springfield.

Built in the time-honored fashion, Biddle and Smart bodies were constructed on ash frames and clothed with aluminium. The first Broughams came in a single colour scheme of blue body with black wings and splash aprons; later other hues were added to the palette. The style remained in production through 1927, by which time it had acquired a set of landau irons on the rear quarters.

This Hudson Brougham has experienced one of the longest-running restorations in the history of the old car movement. Begun by an American scientist, Robert Becker, when he lived in Texas, it followed him to Alabama in 1970. Methodical and precise, he scoured the country in search of missing parts. Apparently Becker ceased work on the project about the time of his move to Alabama, by which time he had acquired a better Super Six engine, which was rebuilt by his father, a skillful mechanic. Interestingly, the car’s file still contains many of Becker’s original letters and notes to collectors and enthusiasts, including the Harrah Collection, as he was in search of parts or information which might have led him to clues on how to complete this exacting restoration.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

76 bhp, 288.6 cu. in. side-valve six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 127.375"

Source: RM Auctions

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