Hudson rushed one of the first postwar redesigns into production in 1948, a unit-body design that was revolutionary. Eliminating the separate frame allowed the Hudson's body to sit low to the ground. Occupants stepped over the peripheral structure into foot wells dropped below the door sills' level, giving the '48-'54 Hudson’s their "step down" nickname. The low center of gravity and powerful six and eight cylinder engines made Hudson’s some of the best-performing postwar cars and they have become collectors' favorites. This 1949 Hudson Commodore 6 convertible is a perfect example of the appeal of these cars. Powered by the 121hp 262 cubic inch six-cylinder engine (the eight was only 128hp and 254 cubic inches), it has been thoroughly restored to excellent driver condition with excellent paint, a gorgeous interior, sharp chrome and a thoroughly prepared and cleanly presented engine compartment. It has a 3-speed manual transmission, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, rear wheel fender skirts, power windows, radio, heater, power top, a remote spotlight, bumper over riders, grille guard, and a pair of Hudson foglights mounted below the headlights. It is finished in an attractive shade of metallic gold, probably Hudson's Gray Gold Metallic color, with burgundy leather upholstery and a tan cloth top and boot. It has never needed a ground-up restoration and it looks sumptuous, unusual and distinctive, a car that can be driven to shows with a good chance of bringing home a trophy.