The sizable 1935-1938 Hudson Custom Eight arrived after a series of shorter, smaller Eights in 1934. Hudson released the big Custom for 1935, with a new all-steel body in brougham and sedan styles on an extra-long wheelbase.

The 1936 Hudson Custom 8 convertible coupe, part of the 1935-1938 Hudson Custom Eight line of collectible cars.
1936 Hudson Custom 8 convertible coupe.
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Chassis spans varied from 120 to 129 inches on an expanding line of bodies through 1938, during which time Hudson gradually evolved toward more enveloping, curvy bodywork. Styling was all-new for 1936, but not as radical as most of the competition's.

These are big, handsome cars that deserve a close look, if you can find one in good shape.

Pluses of the 1935-1938 Hudson Custom Eight:
  • Innovative and contemporary for the time
  • Handsome styling, more streamlined in each successive year
  • Solidly built
  • Good performance
Minuses of the 1935-1938 Hudson Custom Eight:
  • Not many open bodies available
  • Relatively high operating costs
  • Parts supplies short, so consider only top-condition examples
Production of the 1935 Hudson Custom Eight:
NA

Production of the 1936 Hudson Custom Eight:
NA

Production of the 1937 Hudson Custom Eight:
6,926

Production of the 1938 Hudson Custom Eight:
NA

Specifications of the 1935-1938 Hudson Custom Eight:
Length, inches: NA
Wheelbase, inches: 124.0 (1935); 120.0/127.0 (1936); 122.0/129.0 (1937-1938)
Weight, pounds: 2,950-3,275
Price (new): $845-$1,299 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1935-1938 Hudson Custom Eight:
TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv I-8254.5 cid
113-1281935-1938

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