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Engine
Inline 6
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Transmission
Auto
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VIN
3291960

Description

104+ HP, 202 cid, L-Head In-Line 6-Cylinder Engine With "Twin-H" Induction, Hydramatic Automatic Transmission Chassis No. 3291960, Body No. 5737 Hoping to expand their market presence in the early 1950's, Hudson brought out the compact Jet in 1953. It wasn't overly fancy and offered in two or four-door sedan selections and used smaller engines than the full-size cars. Unfortunately, it also...

104+ HP, 202 cid, L-Head In-Line 6-Cylinder Engine With "Twin-H" Induction, Hydramatic Automatic Transmission Chassis No. 3291960, Body No. 5737 Hoping to expand their market presence in the early 1950's, Hudson brought out the compact Jet in 1953. It wasn't overly fancy and offered in two or four-door sedan selections and used smaller engines than the full-size cars. Unfortunately, it also wasn't economical to buy, priced at just $360 under the base full-size Wasp sedans, or worse yet a customer could buy a new full-size Ford or Chevrolet sedan with a more powerful in-line six, for a few hundred dollars less. In its two years of production only 21,143 Hudson Jets were produced. Despite their low numbers, the Jet was really a pretty good car and this example has been made better. Under the hood the Twin-H set-up is immediately recognizable, and to make this car that much better the electrical system has been upgraded to 12-volts. Also added is a modern R134A air-conditioning system that makes this all that more cool to operate. A concealed modern audio system has also been installed, but the original factory radio is still mounted in the original attractive dashboard. Finished in an attractive combination of white over red, the interior is finished in matching vinyl trim. Hudson owners were a loyal bunch, but no matter how much they might have wanted a compact version, it just couldn't happen. This is a rare opportunity to own a prime example of a little car that would have found success if only it could have been priced more attractively.

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