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Lot 32
1934 Hudson Series LU Deluxe 2/4-Passenger Convertible Coupe

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CHASSIS NO: 966027

• Breathtaking presentation with first-year streamlined design
• Exceedingly rare; less than 10 known to exist
• Recipient of careful sorting by the Appenzeller Brothers
• Expertly color-sanded and buffed paint by LaVine Restorations
• Equipped with very rare factory radio; well-detailed and accessorized


254 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, Carter single-barrel carburetor, 113 BHP, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 116”


Undaunted by the lingering effects of the Great Depression, Hudson launched its all new streamlined models for 1934, with the bold and modernistic new look advertised as being “Streamlined in Wind-Sculptured Steel.” Featuring wide, flowing fenders, elongated hoods, and – in the case of sedans and coaches – a reverse-curve rear treatment allowing internal stowage of the customary spare tire. For the first time on its 1934 models, Hudson offered a factory-installed radio and, optional at no extra cost, the semi-independent “Axleflex” front suspension system. Ergonomics and comfort were also enhanced with a new dash panel placing the instruments into closer view of the driver, plus improved ventilation, and an improved synchromesh system delivering smoother gear changes. An interesting addition for 1934, intended at improved safety, was a triple-beam headlamp system with the third beam a cornering light controlled by a toe switch. An all-eight-cylinder model line during 1934, Hudson enjoyed strong demand from various law enforcement agencies and proved quite capable of catching Prohibition-era bootleggers and 1930s bank robbers, some of whom also drove Hudsons as getaway cars. In fact, Hudson’s Eight were far more powerful than Henry Ford’s vaunted V-8s throughout the 1930s while delivering what counted the most – excellent reliability, durability, and sheer value for the money. Offered in three trim levels – the LT Special, LU Deluxe, and price-leader LTS Challenger, all on the 116-inch wheelbase chassis, the 1934 Hudson model range also included the LL Special and LLU Deluxe models on the 123-inch wheelbase.

This dashing 1934 Hudson Series LU 2/4-Passenger Convertible Coupe is a wonderful exemplar of Hudson’s shift to streamlined design principles and the marque’s characteristically sophisticated engineering prowess. It was first restored in 1970, beginning with a solid, rust-free original car. A limited-production model when new, this Series LU Convertible Coupe is extremely rare and believed by marque experts as one of fewer than ten examples remaining today. The engine was rebuilt under a former owner, including new Babbitt-type bearings, and the clutch was rebuilt as well. The Hudson was purchased by the famous Hudson Hostetler family in mid-2010 and the person who offered it for sale had made a significant investment, including new leather upholstery and carpeting, a new wood grain dash, a custom-built black convertible top smartly piped in red and complete with a glass rear window, a new matching top boot, a restored convertible top mechanism, and new Coker whitewall radial tires. In addition to the “suicide”-style rear-hinged doors, array of hinged engine-cooling vents, jaunty rumble seat, and flip-out windshield; this sleek convertible is further equipped with such desirable accessories as a spotlight, Art Deco “bird in the nest” hood mascot, a very rare factory radio, and a covered rear spare wheel-and-tire assembly.

Following acquisition by the Hostetlers, this already striking 1934 Hudson Series LU Deluxe Convertible Coupe was elevated with a systematic program of sorting and mechanical service work performed by Pat and Jan Appenzeller. Expert paint sanding and buffing, as well as engine detailing, was performed by LaVine Restorations. Extremely attractive and well-presented throughout with a straight and properly aligned body and beautiful, as-new black paint finish, this sleek Hudson is enhanced by properly re-covered running boards and red pin stripe accents that nicely match the interior and red piping of the convertible top. The interior compartment is similarly impressive, featuring red leather upholstery, matching carpeting, and wood grained garnish moldings. Underneath the svelte body, the engine, engine bay, chassis, and mechanical systems are correct and complete. Having spent the last four years in an elite collection, this incredibly rare and very well-presented 1934 Hudson Series LU Deluxe Eight 2/4-Passenger Convertible Coupe is simply an outstanding example throughout, being equally ready to show, drive and enjoy.

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