ELIDA — The Hudson Hornet was produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, MI between 1951 and 1954. These cars featured a “step-down” design with dropped floor pan and a chassis with a lower center of gravity than other vehicles which helped the car handle well, which was also a bonus for racing. The lower, sleeker look was accentuated by streamlined styling, sometimes called “pontoon” styling. Some car buyers felt the Hudson Hornet eclipsed luxury marques like Cadillac.
Jerry Bean, of Elida, brought his 1954 Hudson Hornet Coupe to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for four years. His father was a Hudson dealer in Leipsic for more than 22 years, so he got his interest in Hudson’s from growing up with them from the late 1930’s through the mid 1950’s. Bean said his favorite memory of the car is touring the Smokey Mountain National Park.