Category Archives: Auto photos 1946 – 1965
Hudson may have been a little late getting into the light truck field when they introduced their Dover brand in 1929, but they were way ahead of the game when it came to stylish, car based haulers. Long before the well known Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino of the 1950′s, they were building sturdy pickups with front sheet metal identical to their passenger cars. Beginning in 1933, Hudson sold a range of half and three-quarter ton commercial vehicles that included pickups, panel trucks and cab and chassis’ first under the Essex-Terraplane name, then as Hudson-Terraplanes and as Hudsons thereafter.
- 1936 Terraplane 3/4 Ton Cab Pick-Up Express - 1938 Hudson Terraplane Coupe Utility (Australia) - 1936 Terraplane Custom Panel Delivery
Production ceased in 1942, but resumed after the war until the Monobilt unit construction of the “step down” 1948 models made it impractical to continue the idea. While their appearance very closely resembled Hudson’s passenger cars and they shared engines with them, the brakes, drive lines and suspension on the Pick-Up Expresses and Panel Deliveries were built considerably beefier in order to cope with more severe commercial use. You’ll find many more Hudson related posts here on The Old Motor. Top photo courtesy of The AACA Library. Images above and below courtesy of Alden Jewell.
It seems entirely appropriate to us that our short newsreel treats the opening of this show like a movie premier. This spectacular display of the latest from Detroit and around the world was held at the then new New York Coliseum from 1956 to 1987, which was located where the Time-Warner Center is now. As seen in the video, the Ford Skyliner retractable was a crowd pleaser and remains so to this day, especially for those who have never seen one in action before.
“Industry leader L.L. Colbert” is Lester Lum Colbert who succeeded K. T. Keller as president of Chrysler in 1950. Hired in 1933 by Walter P. Chrysler himself, Colbert served the parent company until 1961, after which he became chairman of Chrysler of Canada, Ltd. On a personal note, it was this show kindled your writer’s life-long interest in automobiles. I attended my first one with my father and brother in 1959 after which it became an annual pilgrimage for us. You’ll find many more videos from the dawn of moving pictures to the present day previously posted on The Old Motor. Video courtesy of Universal-International News via the King Rose Archives.
Just as car styling changed dramatically through the 1930′s, so the evolution of design in the 1940′s is evident in today’s photo. In 1949, the fresh, new look of the first peace time models offered by Ford and General Motors made previous year’s rehashes of the pre-war stuff look old fashioned. At the curb, the Bob Bourke and Holden Koto-styled Ford coupe and that new 1950 Chevy right behind it illustrate the point. Most of the rest are beginning to show their age in comparison.
We also spotted a car that defied the new paradigm, a little Crosley, in the middle of the top photo and the center thumbnail. Perhaps some of you can find one or two that you owned when they were newer and we were all a lot younger. Our photo is courtesy of Joe Sonderman. You’ll find many Route 66 related articles with photos from the Joe Sonderman Collection on The Old Motor. Also, take a moment to check out Joe’s new book, Route 66 in Texas.