Hudson Super Six Coach

In the beginning, open cars were much more popular than those with closed bodies. This was not because motorists had a preference for open-air sport – open bodies were simply less expensive. Even the low-priced Ford listed a two-door saloon at nearly twice the price of a tourer in 1921. Hudson president Roy Chapin felt there could be a mass market for a budget-priced closed car built on assembly line techniques.

Chapin’s chief engineer Stuart Baits and body engineer Millard Toncray built up a prototype body out of wood – a “packing crate” Baits called it. Built by Briggs, it was introduced on Hudson’s lower-priced Essex “companion” make in 1922. The Coach, as it was called, sold for just $300 more than a tourer and immediately became popular. The style was extended to the parent Hudson line about three months later.

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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