|Production|| 1953 - 1954|
|Body Style||2-Door Coupe|
|Height||52.8 in (1341.1 mm)|
|Wheelbase||105 in (2667 mm)|
|Engine||3.3 litre Straight-6|
|Power|| 114 hp (83.9 kw) @ 4000 rpm|
158 lb-ft (214.2 nm) @ 1400.00 rpm
|Designer||Frank Spring and Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni|
See Wikicars' comprehensive Hudson_Italia Review.
Styles and Major Options
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.
- Borrani wire wheels
- Aluminum body by Carrozzeria Touring
- Wrap-around windshield
- Vinyl-covered bucket seats
- V-shaped scoops over the headlamps
Orginial Price: $4,800
- Exterior - Italian Cream
- Interior - Red and Cream
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