1911 Hudson Touring

A colorful automobile in and of itself, this 1912 Hudson also has a colorful story. Long considered to have been owned at one point by equally colorful actor W.C. Fields, there is no documentation to support it, a trait it shares with many other colorful expressions and tales about the dipsomanic Fields. It is, however, documented as belonging to Loews Studios since 1924, later passing to MGM when it acquired Loews. It was acquired from MGM in 1960 and subsequently restored and then toured and enjoyed for many years. More recently the same owner again restored it to its present exceptional condition including installing hardened valve seats compatible with modern unleaded fuels. Finished in bright red with black mudguards and running boards, it has black button tufted leather upholstery and a tan cloth top. It is right-hand drive as were many cars of the era and is lavishly trimmed in brass including the radiator shell, steering column, dashboard fittings, clock, Warner speedometer, windshield frame, horn, CM Hall brass kerosene cowl lights and taillight, headlights, MotoMeter, mirrors and acetylene tank. Whitewall tires ride on varnished wood spoke wheels. A small brass plaque on the firewall identifies this is a Registered Motor Vehicle 60423 in the State of California in 1914. It is a fresh, sharp, quality restoration throughout, runs perfectly and is ready to show or tour. A flask of "pineapple juice" for refreshment at the end of the day can be added to capitalize on the W.C. Fields story.

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