From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The Hudson Motor Car Company made Hudson brand automobiles in Detroit, Michigan from 1909 to 1957.
Hudson Six-40, 1914
In 1919 Hudson introduced the Essex brand line of automobiles; the line originally was Hudson's line for middle class auto buyers, designed to compete with Ford and Chevrolet, as opposed to the more up-scale Hudson line.
One of Hudson's most famous cars was the Terraplane in the 1930s.
The company had a number of 'firsts' for the auto industry including the self starter, dual brakes, and the first balanced crankshaft, which allowed the Hudson straight-6 engine to work at a higher rotational speed while remaining smooth, developing more power than lower-revving engines. Most Hudsons has straight-6 engines.
The brandname was discontinued two years later.
In the late 1950's the sedan's high horsepower to weight ratio made it a popular choice for use in drag racing, where it was a frequent winner in its class with minimal modification.