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Temple of Music: 1928

Temple of Music: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "Hudson Super Six with Biddle & Smart body at Golden Gate Park Music Stand." Also known as the Spreckels Temple of Music. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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According to this page on my favorite go-to site for coachbuilder history,

Biddle & Smart devoted its entire factory space to building sedan bodies for Hudson in 1923, and those bodies were done exclusively in aluminum, as they had no tools or presses for forming steel. Later acquisitions of other local coachbuilders allowed them to take on some business for Rolls-Royce's Springfield, Mass. plant, in 1925.

Biddle & Smart wouldn't last, though; the handwriting was on the wall when Hudson opened its own ten million dollar plant for all-steel closed bodies in Detroit in 1926. As a result, by 1928, Biddle & Smart production had dropped by 60 percent. Also, transportation of the bodies by rail from Amesbury, Mass. to Detroit made them more expensive, at a time when auto prices were dropping. Hudson began buying bodies from Briggs, and also Murray, which were based in Detroit.

In 1930, B&S was notified by Hudson that they would no longer be Hudson's outside source for bodies, for the 1931 models. With no more automotive coachbuilding business, B&S made an attempt to market aluminum boats, but by the end of 1930, they were out of business.

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Luv the brilliantly reflective, faceted hub caps. Must have been a sensational distraction in slow moving traffic.

Rust Free

One of the things that Biddle & Smart coachbuilders were famous for was using aluminum in their auto bodies (though they would also use steel if that was requested). Makes me wonder if this Hudson was an aluminum-bodied car.

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