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Hudson Italia
Hudson
aka Super Jet
Production 1953 - 1954
26 units
Class Mid-size Coupe
Body Style 2-Door Coupe
Length
Width
Height 52.8 in (1341.1 mm)
Wheelbase 105 in (2667 mm)
Weight
Transmission 3-Speed Manual
Engine 3.3 litre Straight-6
Power 114 hp (83.9 kw) @ 4000 rpm
158 lb-ft (214.2 nm) @ 1400.00 rpm
Similar Hudson Jet
Designer Frank Spring and Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni

The Hudson Italia was a styling exercise based on the Hudson Jet. It went into production, but with a high price ($4,800) and the merger with Nash only 26 were ever made. To date, 21 have survived.

See Wikicars' comprehensive Hudson_Italia Review.

Recent Changes

Styles and Major Options

Development

During development of the ill-fated Hudson Jet line, chief designer Frank Spring had hoped to bring a low-slung stylish car to Hudson's model range. The car first appeared under the "Super Jet" name and featured numerous advancements including its aluminum body, wrap around windshield, doors that cut 14-inches into the roof (aka, aircraft doors) for easier entry & exit and form-fitting leather & vinyl bucket seats.

While styling for the Jet was conservative, the Italia was anything but. For one, the Italia sat 10 inches lower than a Jet. Over the headlights, the front fenders featured "V" shaped scoops that ducted cooling air to the front brakes. The front bumper sported a large inverted "V" in the center that angled up and overlapped the grille work. Rear quarter scoops cooled the rear brakes. Out back, tail, directional and back-up lamps tipped the ends of three stacked chrome tubes per side, emerging from scalloped cut-outs in the rear quarter panels.


The car's $4,350 price tag, combined with Hudson's dashed prospects as a stand-alone independent marque (Hudson & Nash merged in May of 1954) spelled the end for the Italia after a mere twenty-five vehicles. A single 4-door sedan prototype (dubbed 'X-161') was also constructed to study production possibilities.

The car was powered by Hudson's 202 in³ L-head Six that produced 114 hp and all were equipped with a 3-speed manual column-shift transmission. One source reports 21 of the 26 built as surviving today.


Unique Attributes

  • Borrani wire wheels
  • Aluminum body by Carrozzeria Touring
  • Wrap-around windshield
  • Vinyl-covered bucket seats
  • V-shaped scoops over the headlamps


Pricing

Orginial Price: $4,800

Gas Mileage

Reliability

Safety

Photos


Colors

  • Exterior - Italian Cream
  • Interior - Red and Cream


Main Competitors

Resale Values

Criticisms

Worldwide

Awards

See also

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HUDSON

Hudson Motor Car Company


Hudson | Essex | Terraplane | American Motors | Dover Trucks


Commodore · Custom Brougham · Eight · Greater Eight · Hornet · Italia · Jet · Metropolitan · Pacemaker · Rambler · Super Six · Wasp


A.E. Barit · Roy D. Chapin · J.L. Hudson · George W. Mason · Marshall Teague


Joseph Lowthian Hudson [ Corporate website] independent



This article uses content from theWikipedia Hudson Italiapage with these contributors.

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