1949 Hudson - See the Hudson Centipede.

In your new '49 Hudson, you can park anywhere you like. Drive straight through the midway. It's fine, because everyone wants to see your giant Hudson, with physically impossible "step down" design. By the way, what is that supposed to mean? When you get in a car, you're almost always standing on the ground. How can the floor of the car be lower than the pavement? No matter. It's just advertising, and if you start thinking, then you're a terrible person.

Yep. Your Hudson is a real showstopper, but you know what? It's not showstopper enough. If you want to send them screaming from the tent, you need the Hudson Centipede. Four axles and four fender skirts, just to keep things modest. Here's the 1949 Hudson Centipede on a transparent alpha card, ready to horrify the other graphics on your hard drive. Don't say I didn't warn you. Get your rude finger ready to right-click-save this little crime against humanity into your HDD's freakshow in three, two, one, RIGHT CLICK SAVE CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY NOW! You're welcome!

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Steve Miller said...

The "step down" design, intro'd in '48, was unit-body construction. The cabin floorpan sat several inches below the door sill, allowing a lower profile for the car. This resulted in a lower center of gravity and "exceptional" handling. Certainly not unique today, but at the time every other car body sat atop a frame and you literally climbed into the car.

As an aside, the Hudson had a monster straight-8 (262 C.I.). In '51, the engine was re-tooled to become the Hornet 308. That engine dominated -- perhaps even helped define -- stock car racing from '51–'54.

Lacking a V-8 and without the funds to add new models, the 1955 Hudsons were re-badged Nashes and the marque vanished after '57. Only about 3,000 Hudsons were built in that final model year.

Steve Miller said...

BTW, I like the Centipede, but I think it COULD use a few more wheels.

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