Hudson introduced the most innovative, unusual automobile in America in 1948 with the 'step-down' Hudson. Built on a semi-unit body principal with the body welded to a perimeter frame that passed outside the rear wheels, the 'step-down' Hudson's occupants sat inside the frame in a body 75 inches wide -- by far the widest and most roomy of all American cars -- and 60 inches tall. Hudson boasted that the rear seat was so wide it allowed a '16 inch wide rear seat center armrest, with room for two arms.' The 'step-down' Hudson's low center of gravity made easily the best-handling auto in America and brought it unprecedented success in early NASCAR stock car racing. The 1952 Hudson Commodore Eight four-door sedan, the flagship of Hudson's model range, is a good example in Gulf Green with grey, blue and tan striped cloth upholstery and brown carpets. It is equipped with Hudson's 254 cubic inch, 128 net horsepower inline eight-cylinder engine, optional Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, body color steel wheels with large hubcaps, trim rings and whitewall tires, Hudson fog lights, dual remote spotlights, radio, heater and tissue dispenser. The dashboard is finished in a marbleized pattern complementing the upholstery colors and is highlighted with chrome bezels and covers. The paint and chrome are good; the interior shows light wear on the driver's seat, the engine compartment is detailed and attractive. Sound, serviceable and attractive, this 1952 Hudson Commodore Eight is an attractive example of a car remembered fondly for its advanced design and appreciated for its comfort, style and good performance.
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