- This was the first Hudson model recognized as a “classic” by the Classic Car Club of America.
- It features a custom body by Biddle & Smart Coachbuilders.
- The Sport Phaeton has a dual cowl (two windshield locations).
- Few custom coachbuilders used Hudson chassis, making this Sport Phaeton quite rare.
The Hudson Motor Car Company was created in 1909 by Roy D. Chapin and Howard E. Coffin. Chapin and Coffin were former Oldsmobile employees and they arranged to finance their venture through Joseph L. Hudson. The new firm acquired a factory in Detroit, Michigan, where, in its first year of production, 1,000 Hudson automobiles were built and sold. Production figures for 1910 increased to 4,508 which represented quite a substantial and successful beginning. Hudson expanded its production by introducing the Essex passenger car line in 1919, the Dover commercial vehicle line in 1929, and the Terraplane passenger car line in 1934.
This classic 1929 Hudson Sport Phaeton has a body built by Biddle & Smart, coach builders of Amesbury, Massachusetts. The Sport Phaeton has a dual cowl (two windshield locations). The seats and steering wheel are adjustable, and manually operated radiator shutters helped control engine temperature. The 6-cylinder engine developed 92 hp and a top speed of 80 mph. Few custom builders used Hudson chassis, making this Sport Phaeton quite rare. This is the first Hudson model recognized as a “classic” by the Classic Car Club of America.