Hudson Motor Car Company’s designer Frank Spring wanted to create a nifty sports car based on Hudson’s Hornet model. So he contacted Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni of Milan based coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring and both created this super-light (supperleggera) car that had an aluminium body over a steel chassis.
Completely built in Italy, the Hudson Italia had many things unique – spring designed doors that had a 7” cut-out on the roof for ease in getting in/out of the car, triple exhaust-look pipes on both sides that in reality were brake / rear / hazard lights, air ducts provided on the body, non-reflective dashboard, special bucket seats that had two curved bolsters for the back with the foam inside of different densities so as to give maximum support, radio on the dashboard (a first in it’s class), etc.
Originally 50 were planned but in the end only 26 were built because of the cost factor as each of these Italia’s costs the firm US$ 28,000 (Rs. 2 crore in today’s value) but was yet sold for US$ 4800 (Rs. 3.5 lakh) much higher than a Cadillac that was available for US$ 1000 less.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) with plexiglas hard-display case|
|- Only 150 pieces created|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6.5 x 3 x 3|