1953-1954 Hudson Jet Prices and Specifications

By the early 1950s, Hudson was in serious trouble. Desperate to revive sales, the firm bet its future on an all-new compact, the 1953 Hudson Jet. Though highly praised, it bombed -- forcing Hudson into a merger that cost it its independence, and ultimately its life. Here are the specifications for the 1953-1954 Hudson Jet:

The 1954 Hudson Super Jet four-door cost $1,954.
The 1954 Hudson Super Jet four-door cost $1,954.

1953 Hudson Jet Models and Prices

1C Jet
Weight
Price
4-door sedan
2,650
$1,858

2C Super Jet
Weight
Price
2-door Club Sedan
2,695
$1,933
4-door sedan
2,700
$1,954

1954 Hudson Jet Models and Prices

1D Jet
Weight
Price
4-door sedan
2,675
$1,858
2-door Utility Sedan
2,715
$1,837
2-door Family Club Sedan
2,635
$1,621

2D Super Jet
Weight
Price
4-door sedan
2,725
$1,954
2-door Club Sedan
2,710
$1,933

3D Jet-Liner
Weight
Price
4-door sedan
2,760
$2,057
2-door Club Sedan
2,740
$2,046

1953-1954 Hudson Jet Production*

1953, all models
21,143
1954, all models
14,224
Total 1953-1954 Hudson Jet
35,367

*Model breakdowns are not available.

1953 Hudson Jet Specifications

General

Price
$1,858-1,954
Wheelbase, inches
105.0
Overall length, inches
180.7
Overall width, inches
67.0
Overall height, inches
62.8
Tread, front/rear, inches
54.0/52.5
Ground clearance, inches
7.4
Weight, pounds
2,650-2,700
Fuel tank, gallons
16.0

Interior

Width, front seat, inches
58.0
Width, rear seat, inches
58.0
Height, front seat, inches
14.3

Body
all-steel box-section, all-welded Monobilt body-and-frame

Engine

Type
L-head 6-cylinder inline
Material
high-chrome-alloy
Bore × stroke, inches
3.00 × 4.75
Displacement, cid 202.0
Horsepower @ rpm
104 @ 4,000
Taxable horsepower
21.6
Torque, pounds/feet @ rpm
158 @ 1,600
Compression ratio
7.5:1
Main bearings
4
Valve lifters
solid
Carburetor
Carter 1-bbl downdraft

Engine, optional

As above, except:

Horsepower @ rpm
114 @ 4,000
Compression ratio
8.0:1 (aluminum cylinder head)
Carburetor
2 1-bbl downdraft (Twin H-Power)
Also offered:
106 bhp with aluminum head, 112 bhp with Twin H-Power and low-compression head

Clutch
dry plate
Diameter, inches
9.125

Transmission
3-speed manual, synchromesh on 2nd and 3rd; Hudson Overdrive and 4-speed Dual-Range Hydra-Matic optional; all with column shift

Differential
hypoid
Ratios
3-speed: 4.10:1 (4.27:1 and 3.3:1 optional); overdrive: 4.27:1 (4.10:1 optional); Hydra-Matic: 3.54:1 (3.31:1 optional)

Suspension

front
independent: unequal A-arms, coil springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
rear
semi-floating rear axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, tubular shock absorbers

Steering
Gemmer worm-and-roller
Ratio
20.2:1
Turns lock-to-lock
4.2
Turning circle, feet
33.4

Brakes
hydraulic, 4-wheel drum
Drum diameter, inches
9.0
Swept area, square inches
132.14

Wheels
4.00 × 15; 4.50 × 15 optional

Tires

5.90 × 15; 6.40 × 15 optional

Electrical system
6-volt

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