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  • 1939 Hudson Big Boy Pickup
  • 1939 Hudson Big Boy Pickup
  • 1939 Hudson Big Boy Pickup
  • 1939 Hudson Big Boy Pickup
  • 1939 Hudson Big Boy Pickup
  • 1939 Hudson Big Boy Pickup
  • 1939 Hudson Big Boy Pickup


1939 Hudson Big Boy Pickup

John Soneff Collection

Lot No. 515

Auctioned on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sold for $ 48,400

  • Model 98 3/4-ton, 119-inch wheelbase
  • 202-cid, 114-hp straight six Twin H Power
  • Three-speed with overdrive
  • Restored in 1989 by Soneff’s Master Garage
  • Hudson heater, modern air conditioning
  • Very rare


The Hudson Big Boy name is associated with the Model 98 3/4-ton, 119-inch wheelbase version of this vehicle. This Big Boy is Light Orchid in color and is powered by a 202-cid, 114-hp straight six-cylinder engine that has Twin H Power. The transmission is a column-mounted manual three-speed and has overdrive.

The interior is upholstered in tan and is also fitted with a Hudson heater, modern air conditioning, cruise control and an AM/FM/cassette. The wheels are colored–coded to the body and have chrome factory hubcaps that are fitted with whitewall tires. The spare is mounted in the bed, parallel to the back of the cab. The odometer reads 65,775 miles.

The truck was restored in 1989 and continues to show well. The work was completed by Soneff’s Master Garage, with paint by T & D Auto Body, upholstery by Kuhn’s Kustom Krafts and pinstriping was executed by Rody.

Only 640 commercial vehicles were produced by Hudson in 1939 and that figure was inclusive of 1/2-ton and 3/4-ton pickups, cab and chassis trucks, sedan deliveries, woodie wagons and taxi cabs. Unfortunately individual numbers are not available for the Big Boy pickup production, but its own production figure is obviously far less than 640. The Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club is said to know of only three 1939 Hudson Pickup trucks in existence today, including this one.


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