1950 Hudson Commodore 8 Convertible Brougham
John Soneff Collection
Lot No. 524
Auctioned on Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sold for $112,200
- 254-cid, 128-hp Super-Eight engine
- It has the rare drive master electric clutch, three-speed with overdrive, called Super-matic Drive by Hudson
- Complete frame-up restoration over a five year period
- It was restored with mostly NOS chrome, stainless and instrument cluster
- Super Deluxe convertible top with inside custom liner
- Hydraulically-activated windows and top
- Hudson Weather Control
- Arguably the "best in existence and a terrific highway cruiser"
This Hudson 8 Convertible Brougham is presented in very nice condition and conveys a sporty elegance with black finish and dark red interior. These colors are greatly complimented by a burgundy hydraulically-activated soft-top. The Commodore also has hydraulically-activated windows, Hudson Weather Control, AM radio, clock, added lap-belts and owner’s manual. The odometer reads 1,132 miles.
The car is powered by its 254-cid, 128-hp inline Super-Eight engine connected to the then revolutionary and optional Super-matic Drive transmission. This system of drive monitors the engine’s dynamic power by Super-matic Drive, another exclusive engine development by Hudson engineering. Uphill or down, on a long straightaway or in demanding traffic, your own requirements are able to dictate the swift, silent shift from one gear to the next. Super-matic Drive was the only automatic transmission that would shift gears only when you wanted to shift and that combines with fuel-saving overdrive. And at the time it was the only automatic that could be instantly put into conventional drive at the press of a button on the instrument panel. It is set up with a three-pedal layout utilizing the clutch for take-off and then no clutch pushing or shifting.