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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.
This year has been anything but winter like in New England, and metropolitan-area skiers don’t mind a few hours’ drive for what skiing there is. Here is a flashback to real winter in the later Thirties. The three cars prominent in this view look to be 1936 models: a Terraplane or Hudson convertible at left, and Ford two-door sedan and phaeton at center and right, respectively. Sharp eyed viewers might be able to discern a Model A (?) touring car with top down, just above the phaeton’s windshield. Either someone was very hardy, or this was late winter and the sunshine very warm. This photo was taken at the Waterville Inn, Waterville Valley in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
If you were a Boston area skier (the Terraplane or Hudson has Massachusetts plates), the drive to Waterville Valley was via a decent two lane highway to within fifteen miles of Waterville Valley, but the valley road was pretty rustic. Although no tire chains are in evidence, they might have been useful coming up the valley. No salty slush here, and not much road sand for that matter. These hardy skiers took in stride the several hours drive from metro Boston, the rustic valley road of those days, snow and ice notwithstanding, and ROPE TOWS once they did hit the ski slopes!
We believe this may be a 1934 Hudson-Terraplane after seeing the Terraplane in the Hudson Ruggedness Run you will see in the next post. This car in a press photo is a sedan, with a few more accessories, as it appears to have dual side-mounts, along with metal covers and fender lamps mounted at the top of the front fenders. The Old Motor photo