1952 Hudson Hornet Sedan

Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams

Hudson highlighted the 1951 model year with the new Hornet model, empowering the already dramatic step-down design with a larger engine. The heart of the Hornet was an evolution of the new Super Six engine introduced in the step-down in 1948, but enlarged to 308 cubic inches. The most powerful Six on the market, it was soon campaigning on the stock-car tracks, rolling up six first-place finishes on the NASCAR circuit.

Since its recent acquisition, over $5,000 has been spent on further mechanical refurbishment. Showing fewer than 58,000 miles, this cosmetically original Hornet, with recorded history from new and replete with all of its original books and manuals, is ready to buzz into only the fifth garage it’s ever resided in.