This gorgeous award winning 1947 Hudson Super 8 is
simply one of a kind.
The body, floor boards, doors, hood, fenders and
trunk lid were near perfect metal, and not one pin
hole of rust was found.
The drivetrain and suspension were original, tight,
and like new condition, with one inch of play in the
The original suspension components and rubbers were
all tight and in super condition.
All the internal working mechanisms such as door
springs, door locks, latches, regulators and dash
components were as new condition with minimal signs
of wear and tear. The doors shut firm with gentle
ease just like a new Hudson.
The seat springs have minimal wear and tear, and
the original asbestos heat wrap was still fully
intact on the front tailpipe with the original bands
in place. We found the brake drums were honed and
polished to a mirror shine, something we’ve never
seen before, and may have been done from the
factory, but have not been able to verify.
all vin numbers matching which are found on the body
vin tag, engine, rear & cross member of the frame,
and rearend housing.
The motor was torn down, only to find it had been
freshened up not long ago. The clearances were all
good, and the piston rings were newer and pliable.
The Goodyear-Hudson foam seat cushion tag was still
intact, and the original 1947 dealer installed
bumper sticker & state window decals were in
This award winning 1947 Hudson Super 8 is not only a
museum piece, but also a work of art that captures
the essence of the Art Deco era…
This Hudson Super 8 could very well be one of the
finest restored Hudson’s in existence today.
No expense was spared in this nut & bolt frame off
1600 hour restoration, right down to reproducing the
original ‘Do it in a Hudson’ bumper sticker.
For those who have not performed a frame off
restoration on a Hudson, I’ll be the first to tell
you, it is a far more difficult and labor intensive
restoration than other cars of the era.
Restoration hard costs were $48,000, and Labor costs
were $104,000 dollars.
The frame off – nut & bolt restoration of this one
of a kind 1947 Super 8 was a tribute to the Hudson
Motor Car Company.
Top to bottom restoration of this immaculate Hudson
included a full inside and out refinish of the body,
frame and hundreds of small parts. The frame and
components were disassembled, sanded, and wire
brushed for smooth texture, than primed with high
build urethane, than finished with 4 coats of satin
black urethane paint.
The frame was then reassembled, replacing all brake
hoses wheel cylinders, motor and trans mounts,
seals, shocks, body to frame mounting pads, etc.
The engine was disassembled, the head was tanked,
the cylinders honed, the manifolds were planed and
repaired the carburetor, starter, and generator were
gone through, new belt, hoses, the radiator was
recored, new Narragansett reproduction wiring
harness was installed, a new engine gasket kit,
and a new upgraded 8 volt battery which works
excellent with the original autolite 3rd brush
generator and vibrating regulator.
The transmission was inspected, cleaned and
refinished, flywheel refaced, with new wet cork
faced clutch assembly and thro-out bearing
All dash components were gone through including the
speedometer, the heater box was dissembled in pieces
and refinished, and the radio was sent out for a
The air plenum was removed and refinished which was
not only bolted to the firewall, but also welded.
Everything works excellent with exception of the
self wind dashboard clock which has a mind of its
All body & body parts were refinished individually
in urethane base & 2 coats of high solids clear. The
only prior repair was found to the left front fender
in which the repair was done professionally with
hammer, dolly and file long ago before bondo. There
was a minimal amount of filler used in the
restoration of this car. The interior was insulated
top to bottom with thermozite sound deadener.
All 124 exterior trim pieces were polished,
straightened and/or replated.
The sunvisor was hand fabricated out of metal with
hidden brackets. It looks and feels authentic and
era correct, and is simply over the top…
The hubcaps were also hand fabricated and hand
refinished in the art deco Hudson logo.
The windshields and side glass were cut in bronze to
accentuate the gorgeous woodgrain dash and colors.
All door felts, seals, door cards, firewall panels,
windshield & rear glass gaskets, headliner and a ton
of other stuff are new.
The interior seat and door coverings were done in a
close match of the original Hudson woolen material,
with the Hudson logo embroidered on each door,
trunk, and below the heater box.
The dash, instrument housings and window frames were
all done in a 25 coat dark woodgrain process with 2
coats of high solids clear applied.
Considerable time was applied in getting the 2 tone
original pastel colors just right, the depth of the
woodgraining, and specifically the depth of the
clear coat, as well as implementing art deco
modifications that appear period correct, and
accentuate the overall original beauty of Hudson
The 47’ Hudson Super 8 won the two top awards, ‘Best
of Show’ & ‘Owners Choice’ at the prestigious Lake
Oswego, Oregon car & boat show on August 28, 2016.
It is fresh… Only 148 miles since completion of the
Final adjustments listed below need to be completed.
fluids, rearend, gear case, engine oil.