The year 1957 would be the final one for Hudson. American Motors decimated the Hudson lineup by removing the Rambler, Wasp and Hornet Special, which accounted for a total of 10 different body styles; plus the Hornet was no longer available in the Super Sedan, which was a part of the Hornet Six line. All Hornets were V-8s in 1957, and that’s the main reason for the “V” medallion appearing on the grille. The Hornet was the only model available in both the Super and Custom line, with both offered in a four-door sedan and a two-door Hollywood Hardtop.
This robin’s-egg blue Hornet, a Super four-door sedan – the most common Hudson made that year – appeared in the June 1974 issue of Hemmings Motor News. More than 1,200 had been produced, and this one was offered at $1,750 (about $8,500 today).
The 1957 Hudsons will pop up from time to time as this Custom did back in 2011. The Super Sedans are valued at about $9,000 on average today and can go to a high of $18,000 for a top example. These cars are a time capsule of some of the gaudy styling that was taking place back in that era, and many people refer to these cars as “Hashes,” a nod to the Nash connection that was evident in 1955-1957. Special Interest Autos did a great story on a 1956 Hornet Special back in October of 1983, which dives much deeper into the post-merger Hudson era, as well as providing in-depth driving impressions of the 1956 Hudson.
Article courtesy of Hemmings Daily, written by T