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Smash, Hit: 1957

Smash, Hit: 1957

We're back in 1950s Oakland as we return to the scene of yet another accident: Hudson meets lamppost after being hit broadside. The car's unit body seems to have held up fairly well. 4x5 negative from the News Archive. View full size.


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How did they chnage the rear tire? There doesn't seem to be a fender skirt.

[There is, but it only reaches the horizintal trim. Its front and rear edges are visible in the photo. -tterrace]

Cleanup on Aisle 3

My guess would be that the broken glass on the sidewalk in front of the car is from the lamp globe, which must have tumbled off its mounting from the impact.

At least he can catch the bus home

Lots going on here -- favorite Policeman hat! Thick onlooker with cool Fedora, pulled away from dinner. Lamppost from the era when esthetics mattered, coin op parking meter with a flag. The bus, as stylish as they come, probably a two tone.

Excellent, sir! Crash Noir.

Antenna details

If that radio antenna was the type used on my 1949 Buick Super, it was adjustable from inside the vehicle. Twisting a knob first telescoped the extended section into the lower section and then further twisting rotated the assembly down to a parked position against the stop in front of the windshield divider.


I love these collision photos - please keep them coming!

Step down

In Hudsons the passengers were low between the frame rails -you stepped into a Hudson; not climb up into it like other cars, ---and obviously they had the coolest location for a radio antenna

What's left of it

is a 1948 Super Six Series...481, I believe.

End of an era

The likely end of this Hudson came in the same year as the end of the Hudson name, having lasted since the Nash-Kelvinator Corp merger in 1954 to form American Motors. It is worth noting that Hudson hired the first female automotive designer in 1939.

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