1955 Hudson Dealer Brochure
Brochure measures 11 x 14 inches and includes 12 pages.
The brochure features the following automobile models: Hornet Custom V8 Hollywood 2-door Hardtop, Wasp Custom 4-door Sedan, Hornet Custom Hollywood 2-door Hardtop, Hornet Custom 4-door Sedan and the Wasp Custom Hollywood 2-door Hardtop.
The Hudson Motor Car Company manufactured Hudson and other brand automobiles in Detroit, Michigan from 1909 until 1954 when Hudson merged with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form American Motors. The Hudson nameplate was retained through 1957, after which it was dropped.
The name "Hudson" originated with Joseph L. Hudson, a Detroit department store entrepreneur and founder of Hudson's department store. Hudson provided the initial capital for the "Hudson Motor Car Company." The company was formed in 1909 by eight Detroit businessmen. and the companies first Hudson "Twenty" model rolled off the assembly line on July 3, 1009. Hudson built and sold 4,508 cars in 1910, a remarkable achievement at the time.
The company introduced a number of "firsts" for the auto industry including" dual brakes, dashboard oil-pressure and generator warning lights and a balanced crankshaft. Hudson Motor Company was also the first auto manufacture to hire a female designer. Elizabeth Ann Thatcher, a graduate of Cleveland School of Arts, (now Cleveland Institute of Art), designed for Hudson from 1939 - 1941.
At their peak in 1929, Hudson and their new Essex Brand produced a combined 300,000 automobiles. At this time Hudson was the third largest U.S. auto maker after Ford and Chevrolet.
Hudson merged with the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation in 1945 to become American Motors. Later AMC's President George W. Romney concluded that the only way to compete with the "Big Three" (GM, Ford and Chrysler) was to stake the future of AMC on new smaller-sized cars. Hudson sales were lagging and the brad was completely phased out at the end of 1957.
Photos of the first Hudson factory (then and now)
Condition: Excellent condition with minimal wear and discoloration.
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