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A good start is half the battle, and friends Roy Chapin and Howard Coffin certainly got off to a good start.  Their first Hudson left their factory in Detroit on 3 July 1909 and within a period of just twelve months they had sold more than 4,000 cars.  Joseph Hudson also had reason to be satisfied.  After all, he had put up the finance for the whole enterprise.  In 1918, Hudson introduced the Essex make.  The factory could now offer a car in all price classes, although Hudson had its ups and downs like any car manufacturer.  1916 was a top year, and 25,772 cars were sold during that year.  By 1925, Hudson occupied third place in the list of American automobile manufacturers, behind Chevrolet and Ford.  Sales in that year reached 109,840 cars, all of which were powered by a six cylinder engine, the 'Super Six'.

In 1930, the first Hudson with an eight cylinder engine appeared.  These cars were sold under the name 'Hudson Great Eight' and were available with two different wheel bases and no less than eleven different types of bodywork.  Over the next few years, however, sales declined dramatically as a result of the world economic crises.  It was not until 1938 that the volume of production achieved in 1930 could be bettered. 

The depression dealt Hudson a heavy blow.  It was cold comfort that the entire American automotive industry was suffering the same problems.  In 1932 Hudson established the make Terraplane and the competitor to the new Ford V8.  The new make sold well and was responsible for virtually the Hudson Corporation's entire result.

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Models produced by Hudson

112/Series 40

112/Series 40

1938-1940

Commodore Eight

Commodore Eight

1941-1942

Commodore Eight

Commodore Eight

1946-1947

Commodore Eight

Commodore Eight

1948-1952

Commodore Six

Commodore Six

1948-1949

Eight

1932-1933

Eight

Eight

1934-1935

Eight

Eight

1936-1938

Eight

1939-1939

Hornet

Hornet

1951-1953

Hornet

Hornet

1954-1954

Italia

Italia

1954-1955

Jet

Jet

1953-1954

Jet-Liner

Jet-Liner

1954-1954

Metropolitan

Metropolitan

1955-1957

Six

1935-1935

Six

1936-1939

Super Eight

Super Eight

1946-1947

Super Jet

Super Jet

1953-1954

Super Six

1933-1933

Super Six

Super Six

1946-1947

Super Six

1948-1949

Super Wasp

Super Wasp

1953-1954

Wasp

Wasp

1951-1954

Wasp

1955-1956

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