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1930 Hudson

Owned by Dave and Karla Bradley.

From Wikipedia:

The Hudson Motor Car Company, headed by Roy D. Chapin, developed a reputation and success in the automobile marketplace by building solid cars with good performance for the money and fine reliability.[2] The introduction of theEssex Six in 1924, targeting budget minded buyers, increased the combined sales of Hudson Motors from seventh to third place in the U.S. automobile market by 1925.[3] Production of Hudson and Essex cars continued to hold third place for 1927, fourth place in 1928, and returned to capture third in 1929 with a total of 300,962 units.[4]

The automaker decided to move upmarket and in 1930, launched a line of cars called Great Eight.[5] Hudson Eights were “often luxurious, and usually smooth, effortless performers” powered by a new for 1930 straight-eight engine that would be produced through 1952.[6] Total production in 1930 for Hudson Motors fell by almost 40% to 113,898 units.[4]

For 1931, the automaker renamed the line to “Hudson Greater Eight” – implying that the new models “were even better than” the previous year because of additional engineering and styling advances.[1] Production declined even further dropping Hudson from the top 8 brands in the U.S.[4]

Hudson hired its first professional designer in early 1931, Frank S. Spring,[7] with the title of “engineering stylist”.[1] His work was first incorporated on the 1932 model year Hudsons, but he became best known for his contributions to the 1948-1954 “Step-Down” design[8] (third-generation Hudson Commodores and first-generation Hudson Hornets) and remained with the company until its merger with Nash, forming American Motors Corporation (AMC) in 1954.[1]