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The 1942 Hudson’s were introduced on September 1, 1941 but were short-lived due to the war, being discontinued February 5, 1942. They had much more bright work than their predecessors including wider grilles that wrapped around the front fenders. The overall height of the ’42 Hudson’s were lowered 1.5 inches. White triangle logos were added on both sides of the prow and would light up with the headlamps at night. Cars sold after January 1, 1942 were advertised as Blackout Specials, the only chrome being the bumpers, all other trim was painted. “Blackout” Hudson’s are rare as only 5,463 were made. The Super 6 was powered by a 212 cid, six-cylinder engine that produced 102 horsepower. Prices in 1942 were increased by 20% to $1,162 for the four-door Super 6 and 34,069 were built.
- 1942 marked the introduction of the “Drive-Master” transmission, offering three modes: fully manual shift and clutch, manual shift with automatic clutch, and automatic shift and clutch
- Price new: $1,162