1956 Hudson Hornet Super Special

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1956 Hudson Hornet
Very Good
Transmission Type
Exterior Color
Interior Color
Category  Classic Cars

In 1955 George Romney and Jim Nance were at odds over an agreement between Packard and the new American Motors Corporation, where Packard was to produce and sell V8 engines to AMC and AMC was to sell certain parts and body stampings to Packard. AMC was buying the engines, but Packard wasn't buying any parts from AMC. In a big "kiss off" to Nance, Romney ordered his design team to come up with a small V8 that could power the mid-range Hudsons, Nashes and other AMC products. They out did .....
themselves and produced the 250 V8 that ran remarkably smooth, pumped out 190HP and got nearly 20MPG at 50 miles an hour... and they did it in less than a year. Nance proceeded to make Romney the butt of jokes around Detroit and New York.. However, Packard/Studebaker didn't make it into the 60's... AMC "rambled" on up into the mid 80's before going the way of the Dodo. Who had the last laugh...? What about THIS Hudson Hornet Super Special? It is one of just over 1500 ever made. She is a four owner car, the first owner buying the car from Wissler's American Motors in Pennsylvania and eventually selling the car to Don and Pauline in 1983. They only owned the car for 3 years before Don asked Pauline to put her out front with a For Sale sign. Pauline didn't want to lose the "The Green Hornet", so she listed her at a high price, thinking she wouldn't sell. Several days later, despite her "high" price, the car was sold. The next owner hardly used the car and over the next 20 years drove her less than 2000 miles. Pauline saw the car listed locally in 2005 and promptly bought her back. Her husband Don was easily able to fix the issues the long period of dormancy had wrought on The Green Hornet and they continued to enjoy her until Don passed away several years later. Pauline continued to drive and enjoy the Green Hornet for several more years but as she became less able to drive her, she decided it was again time to let her go. That is when the orphan brand foster parent Jim came into the picture several years ago. He brought the paint back up to a beautiful shine and gloss, simply cleaned her and drove her a bit but as a foster, he knew she'd probably be on to find a new home. Here we are 60+ years later and the Green Hornet is still going strong. All original paint, original engine, original interior. 84,000 miles and in VERY good condition all around. The paint is in wonderful condition with only a few blemishes here and there.. she is over 60 after all. The body is rust free despite being a northeast car all it's life. The interior is also in great shape with just some stains in the headliner and much less than normal wear and tear one would expect on a 64 year old car. She's equipped with a 4 speed automatic transmission, power steering, vent windows front and rear and a fold down seat that transforms into a large twin/double bed. Brakes are four wheel drum but it has great pedal feel and stops the car solidly. The engine is original and to our knowledge has not been rebuilt, just well maintained over it's lifetime. This car runs and drives well and is absolutely ready to enjoy. Asking price is just $18,000 for this rarity. Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her or to make an offer please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
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AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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