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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

One of the world's rarest post-war luxury coupes

It must be admitted, that the era of the 1950s had a lot of unique and attractive looking cars made by various automotive manufacturers that existed at the time and one of them was the Hudson Italia Coupe.
1955 Hudson Italia Coupe bodied by Carrozzeria Touring and built based on the Hudson Jet platform. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3kmxsQh)
Originally, the car was a concept vehicle for styling study, but was later produced in a limited fashion as a two-door luxury coupe model by the Hudson Motor Car Company, one of American auto manufacturer based in Detroit, Michigan, as the result of collaboration with an Italian coachbuilder named Carrozzeria Touring, and later marketed by American Motors Corporation during 1954 to 1955.
1955 Hudson Italia Coupe was designed by Frank Spring, the Hudson’s design chief along with the Carrozzeria Touring's auto designer named Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZB6yun)
This beauty and unique car was designed by Frank Spring, the Hudson’s design chief along with the Carrozzeria Touring's auto designer named Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni. The unique car is built based on the Hudson Jet platform and wears an unusual bodywork design and is introduced for the first time on January 14, 1954.

Initially, the Hudson Italia concept car was intended to replicate the notoriety of 1950s rival-made concept cars in collaboration with the Italian coachbuilders such as the Chrysler Ghia Specials and Nash-Pininfarina, and even Ford-Cisitalia, etc. The original idea for the car was "to create a fast and sporty car, based on the popular Hudson Hornet model".
1955 Hudson Italia Coupe powered by an S6 202 cubic-inch engine with a capacity of 3,303 cc, which can generate power up to 114 hp (85 kW) at 4,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 214 Nm (158 lb.ft) at 1,400 rpm. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZB6yun)
For the reason, then Hudson Motor Car Company commissioned Carrozzeria Touring to build the car and sent all the necessary components to those Italian famous coachbuilder. Despite lower labor costs in 'Pizza Country', the hand-built car's price tag soared to the US. $4,800 (FOB Detroit), that was more expensive than the price of the famous Cadillac's model in that era (Cadillac Sixty Two Coupe de Ville) has a priced starting at the US. $3,995.
1955 Hudson Italia Coupe's engine sourced power chaneled through a three-speed manual gearbox to drive the rear wheels, so could be made it running to a maximum speed of 95 mph (153 kph). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZB6yun)
The Hudson Italia Coupe is equipped with an S6 202 cubic-inch engine with a capacity of 3,303 cc, which can generate power up to 114 hp (85 kW) at 4,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 214 Nm (158 lb.ft) at 1,400 rpm. Those engine sourced power chaneled through a three-speed manual gearbox to drive the rear wheels, so it could be made the Italia running to a maximum speed of 95 mph (153 kph).
1955 Hudson Italia Coupe bodied by Carrozzeria Touring and ever built as many as 26 unit during its short prodution periods. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Ma95bA)
Due to the very high price and followed by the merger issues of Hudson Motors and the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation into the American Motors Corporation (AMC), the Italia's production had temporarily suspended, but eventually really stopped in 1954. And only 26 units of the Hudson Italia were ever produced during its short production periods, so making it ne of the world's rarest post-war luxury coupes.
Until today, the Hudson Italia has been featured at various prestigious auto shows and concours, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and is regularly awarded many special awards. Did you know how is the priced of the Hudson Italia today? If You know it, and We hope You willing to share by submitted the comments below. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | CLASSICDRIVER.COM | BONHAMS.COM | HYMANLTD.COM ]
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