Detroit’s Hudson Motor Car Company was one of the first auto manufacturers to participate in stock car racing, and its Hornet model was the star racer.
The Hornet dominated the racing scene in the early 1950s, winning 66 NASCAR races between 1952 and 1954 with such famous drivers as Marshall Teague, Herb Thomas, Dick Rathmann, Al Keller, Frank Mundy and Tim Flock.
Although a winner on the track, sales for the Hornet were declining, and in 1956 the model was given a facelift shortly after Hudson and Nash merged to form AMC.
The Pick of the Day is a 1956 Hudson Hornet Hollywood hardtop boasting AMC’s new styling efforts from automotive designer Richard Arbib, which included tri-tone paint scheme and V-shaped elements throughout.
Unfortunately, the bolder design didn’t impress buyers, and only 1,640 Hollywood hardtops were sold.
This example advertised on ClassicCars.com by an Orlando, Florida, dealer is finished in black and red accented with gold-colored inserts on the rear fenders and a white hardtop.
“Big whitewall tires and a continental-kit spare tire give real character,” the dealer says.
Another distinctive feature is the large V-shaped grille underneath two prominent “V” emblems, one gold and the other chrome.
“The interior is just as handsome with red-and-silver upholstery and a dashboard that has just as much style as you could ever want,” the dealer adds.
“On top of all the luxury appointments from the factory, this Hornet has additional modern creature comforts such as Vintage Air and sound-deadening material in the floor and ceiling.”
Making this Hornet even rarer is the Packard V8 engine under the hood that’s paired with an automatic transmission. This 320cid V8 producing 208 horsepower was only available to Hornets in the first half of 1956 before the engine was replaced by AMC’s new 250cid V8.
This 1956 Hudson Hornet is offered for $93,000.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.