Hudson stayed with this engine for the optimistically named Greater Eights of -- in retrospect it was a mistake for a depressed market where sixes would surely have sold better. Displacement was increased each year: first to Another setback was the Depression-related closure of Biddle and Smart, Hudson's longtime supplier of magnificent open bodies.
The company thus turned to Murray and Briggs for phaeton and speedster bodies.
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A few eight-cylinder Hudsons of this period also sported dashing coachwork by the renowned firm LeBaron. Through , Hudson Eights offered numerous body styles on wheelbases of inches: roadsters, Victorias, convertibles, sedans, town sedans, coupes, and Broughams two-door sedans. It was an attractive line that would have done justice to far-costlier brands, but it wasn't successful. The Greater Eight managed only 22, sales for The '32 total was below , despite unchanged prices and lush new Sterling and Major series.
Seeing the error of its ways, Hudson launched a new Super Six for its "Pacemaker" line -- the car was essentially the bhp cid Essex Terraplane engine in the inch Hudson chassis. With the coming of non-serviceable auto components , replaced by the procedure in which parts are simply exchanged for new , the entire nature of automotive repair is changed. With heavy reliance on computer diagnostics the servicing and repair of automobiles is vastly different years later. I would very much have enjoyed making his acquaintance.
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