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On this day: 02-24-1909

Hudson Motor incorporated

The Hudson Motor Car Company, founded by Joseph Hudson, in Detroit, Michigan, was incorporated on this day. Hudson is perhaps most famous for its impact on NASCAR racing, which it accomplished thanks to a revolutionary design innovation. In 1948, Hudson introduced the Monobuilt design. The Monobuilt consisted of a chassis and frame that were combined in a unified passenger compartment, producing a strong, lightweight design with a beneficial lower center of gravity that did not affect road clearance. Hudson called the innovation the "step-down design" because, for the first time, drivers had to step down to get into their cars. In 1951, Hudson introduced the Hornet. Fitted with a bigger engine than previous Hudson models, the Hudson Hornet became a dominant force on the NASCAR circuit. Because of its lower center of gravity, the Hornet glided around corners with relative ease, leaving its unstable competitors in the dust. For the first time a car not manufactured by the Big Three was winning big. In 1952, Hudson won 29 of 34 events. Excited by their success on the track, Hudson executives began directly backing their racing teams, providing the team cars with everything they needed to increase success. The Big Three responded, and in doing so brought about the system of industry-backed racing that has become such a prominent marketing tool today. The Hudson Hornet would dominate NASCAR racing until 1955 when rule changes led to an emphasis on horsepower over handling.

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Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1981AMCEagle (4spd I4)18.60021.400
1981AMCEagle (4spd I6)15.30019.800
1981AMCEagle (Auto I6)15.80020.500
1977AMCGremlin X17.90020.800
1976AMCHornet Sportabout18.30020.100
1975AMCPacer14.60019.400
1974AMCGremlin17.80018.800
1974AMCHornet 4dr 258ci15.60019.400
1974AMCHornet 360ci8.50017.000
1974AMCJavelin 304ci11.20017.300
1974AMCMatador 360ci11.80017.900
1974AMCMatador 401ci8.50016.000
1973AMCHornet Hatchback 360ci8.60016.500
1973AMCHornet Sportabout10.70017.100
1973AMCJavelin AMX 401ci7.70015.500
Yearmakemodel0-601/4 mileComment
1971AMCAMX 401ci/330hp 4spd0.00014.800HiPerformance Cars
1971AMCHornet SC/360 360ci/245hp 3spd auto0.00014.800Hot Rod
1971AMCHornet SC/360 360ci/245hp 4spd0.00014.740Car Craft
1970AMCAMX6.50014.700
1970AMCAMX 390ci/325hp 4spd6.50014.680Motor Trend
1970AMCAMX 360ci/315hp 4spd0.00014.900Popular Hot Rodding
1970AMCJavelin SST 390ci/325hp 3spd auto7.60015.110Car Life
1970AMCRebel Machine 390ci/340hp 4spd0.00014.490Hot Rod
1969AMCAMX6.60014.800Car & Driver
1969AMCAMX 390ci/315hp 4spd6.90014.400HiPerformance Cars
1969AMCJavelin SST 390ci/315hp 3spd auto0.0005.200Car & Driver
1968AMCAMX6.60014.800Car & Driver
1968AMCJavelin 343ci/280hp 4spd8.10015.400Car Life
1968AMCAMX 390ci/315hp 4spd6.90015.200Motor Trend
1968AMCRambler Rouge 290ci/225hp 4spd7.80014.890(tuned) Hot Rod