Hudson Tail Fins

Hudson Tail Fins – The Hudson Motor Car Company was formed by Joseph L. Hudson and 7 other Detroit businessmes in 1908. Hudson built some of Detroit’s fastest and finest American automobiles. from 1908 to 1957. Hudson was often among the industry’s sales leaders. Some of the Hudson cars included the Essex, Pacemaker, Commodore, Jet, Hornet, and Wasp. Hudson became part of AMC in the 1950s.


1954 Hudson Tail Fins
1954 Hudson Tail Fins

Tail fins first appear on the the Huson in 1954. Additional features included one piece windshield and restyled sheet metal Huson called “Step Down Design”. Hudson’s big four door sedan carried a long sloping roofline. The Hudson Hornet was powered by a powerful 308 cubic inch flathead six cylinder engine that made it a stock car racing favorite.


1955 Hudson Tail Fins
1955 Hudson Tail Fins

Hudson originally planned to introduce a mere update to the “Step Down Design” for 1955. However, the Nash merger brought an entirely different automobile and slightly different tail fins. 1955 Huson sale were down in 1955 and up at Nash.


1956 Hudson Tail Fins
1956 Hudson Tail Fins

The 1956 Hudson Hornet added a new huge smiling grille plus small tail fins to its front and rear fenders. 15 two tone and six three tone color combinations were available in 1955 and 1957.


1957 Hudson Tail Fins
1957 Hudson Tail Fins

1957 Hornet was wildly revised with new tacked on tail fins, dual tacked on fins on the front fenders and a large grille. 1957 would prove to be Hudson’s last hurrah.