Hudson Super Six Phaeton

Although the Hudson Motor Car Company advertised itself as the “Worlds Largest Builder of Six-Cylinder Cars” as early as 1915, its greater fame came from the new Super Six engine introduced late the following year. Key to the Super Six’s success was its counterbalanced crankshaft, the brainchild of Hungarian engineer and mathematician Stephen Fekete. Eight counterweights were fitted to the four-main-bearing shaft, reducing distortion, lowering friction and allowing higher engine speeds. The engine was conservatively rated at 70 bhp, ten more than the new Cadillac V8 and 28 more than its predecessor, the Hudson Six-40, which was coincidentally of the exact same displacement.

So successful was this engine that it set new records for transcontinental crossing, climbing Pike’s Peak and the mile at Daytona Beach. In 1917, drivers Ralph Mulford, Ira Vail, Billy Taylor and A.H. Patterson campaigned a team of Hudson speedsters, rolling up an enviable season, such that the men acquired them to race privately after the war.

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: 125.5"

Source: RM Auctions

Gallery: Hudson Super Six Phaeton