1946 Hudson Super Six Brougham

The story of the 1946 Hudson Super Six Broughham begins with the end of World War II. The early postwar years ushered in a booming seller's market where even rehashed prewar cars sold like crazy. Hudson prospered with the rest of Detroit, but built very few convertibles.

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­­1946 Hudson Super Six Broughham
Though nothing more than a modestly revised 1942 model, the 1946
Hudson Super Six Broughham sold well in the post-war buying frenzy.
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World War II deprived Americans of new cars for nearly four years. Once peace returned, the public rushed to replace their aging clunkers with any newly minted wheels available, even if they were just rehashed prewar designs. And most 1946-48 cars were precisely that, because manufacturers had been too busy with war work to do much about postwar models. Even so, the high pent-up demand created an unprecedented seller's market that benefited most every Detroit automaker. Not until 1950 did supply finally catch up and make freshly designed cars really necessary.

Hudson was no exception to this pattern, issuing modestly revised '42 models for 1946-47 and selling every one it could make. There were fewer choices, however, as Hudson axed lower-priced offerings to concentrate on more profitable Super and Commodore Sixes and Commodore Eights. Differences from '42 involved a more complicated "face," minor interior touch-ups, and higher prices (the result of postwar inflation). Engines remained at prewar power levels: 102 horsepower for the 212-cubic-inch L-head six, 128 for the 254-cid straight eight.

1946 Hudson Super Six Brougham, Interior
The solid, functional dash of the Hudson Super Six Brougham
was complemented by a lush interior.

Early postwar Hudsons were smooth and solid but rather staid, even the Brougham convertibles. For 1946 these comprised an $1879 Super Six and a $2050 Commodore Eight, both on a 121-inch wheelbase. All told, Hudson built only 1177 ragtops for the model year, most being Super Sixes like the one shown here.

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