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The Jewel in Hudson Hire’s Crown

Hudson fitted, among other body styles, a robust steel sedan body onto their standard length chassis to make 5-seater cars just like my two Super Sixes. But they also made an extra long chassis, onto which more delicate but elegant wooden-framed custom bodies were fitted by coach builders of the day, such as Biddle & Smart, Briggs, or Murphy, to make 7-seater Limousines.

At Christmas, 2008 I travelled with my family to the Far North. As it had been some years since I’d been there, I asked around for parts that might help me keep my Super Sixes on the road. At first, I didn't find anything. But I persisted and wow, I eventually came across what is now, and will probably always be, my best 1928 Hudson Super Six ever, that is an extra long, Murphy-bodied 7-seater Limousine; the jewel in Hudson Hire’s crown.

This beautiful car had been restored very well in the early 1970’s by a retired engineer. (I know this because photos of this restoration came with the car). It then changed hands, the new owner using it in rallies in the 80’s and early 90’s. He then lost interest and the car wasn't used much (but was at least garaged fortunately!) for the next 15 years. I then saw it. The owner was ready to sell, I really wanted it, a deal was made, and the car, because it had no current WOF, or VIN, was trucked back down to Hamilton to join Hudson Hire’s stable of Super Sixes.

Mechanically, there was little wrong with the car and I just did numerous minor jobs to it, like cleaning out the carburettor and installing indicators, to make it more reliable and safer.

The paintwork was, however a different story. It had badly cracked over the last 40 odd years and needed redoing from scratch. So, I spent many months stripping it right back to bare metal and respraying in our company colours. 

Once done, a COF was obtained for it, it was re-registered as 28LIMO, exhibited a week later at the 2010 Waikato Wedding Expo and used less than two weeks after that on a wedding. Boy, do things happen fast around here!

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My first 1928 Hudson Super Six as it was when I bought it. (November 1985)

Getting ready to trailer my purchase back to Hamilton. (December 1985)

The chassis, stripped of everything, sand-blasted and then painted. (August 1986)

Now as a “rolling chassis.” (December 1988)

Body now panel-beated, repainted, and back onto the chassis. (March 1992)

A photo, that I got with the Essex, showing it as a “rolling chassis.” (August 1971)

Another photo that I also got with the Essex, showing a bare panelbeated and repainted body. (September 1971)

Driving back to Hamilton in my second Hudson Super Six, towing a trailer full of spare parts. (24th June 1997)
 
My second Hudson Super Six ready to be repainted. (December 1997)

Me checking out the Murphy-bodied 7 seater 1928 Hudson Limousine

The Hudson Limousine now stripped of body panels and paint on the front scuttle and rear tub

From left to right, Jack Chappell (a friend ), Kathryn Parsons ( my wife) and myself after removing anything that might be of use from an unwanted and rotting Hudson Super Six chassis. (March 1987)

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