1956 Hudson Hornet Custom 4 Dr. Sedan
Mileage shown 51869
Engine 308 ci inline 6 cylinder Twin H Power rated at 175 hp
Transmission HydraMatic 4 speed automatic
Following Hudson’s 1955 merger with Nash to form AMC, attempts to rejuvenate the declining Hornet model included a trendy 1950s body style complete with a tri-tone paint scheme. The car is finished in correct original tri-tone paint in (match body plate codes) Frost White, Ballerina Red and Boulevard Grey and the interior is finished in Gray and Ballerina red cloth and vinyl. The cars were essentially a Nash with additions to the front and rear fenders, grill and back end trim. It is powered by a “Hi Performance” Twin H Power inline 6-cylinder engine and a HydraMatic 4sp Automatic that Hudson sourced from General Motors. Body styling of the ’56 Hudson repeated that of 1955, the first design year for post-AMC merger Hudsons. Styling and engineering were based on the Nash unit-body and platform. A new V-shaped grille replaced the “egg crate” of 1955.
The car presented here is powered by the 327 cid V-8 shared with Nashes; however, this car has the famous 308ci 175 HP Championship’ six engine was still available in the Hornet and is the last year for that engine. The engine is complete and it will turn over, but will not start. A compression test shows compression is low across the board so the engine is probably due for an overhaul.
The body on this Hudson is very straight and solid. The car comes with lots solid hard to find trim on this car. The stainless exterior trim is good- pitting present on the chrome pieces and the bumpers. The glass is all in good condition; there is a line in the windshield from the wipers. The door windows all roll up and down. The rear panhard rod needs straightening. The park brake works. The car should have a brake job and new tires once it gets running.
Seats are good, the dash is complete, includes the heater, radio and clock, the lock however is missing from the glovebox.
The car will come complete with its, jack and wheel wrench in the trunk and one set of keys.
The car has been a part of a museum’s large collection of cars; it has been garaged, preserved and serviced for storage with fuel drained and stabilized, and fluids checked and changed, battery removed and used as a display car for many years. If you are looking for a car that represents the mid-fifties style and power, this tri-tone Hudson Hornet is the car for you.
Auction sale as is with no reserve.