1953→1954 Hudson Italia
In 1953 Hudson drew up a deal with Carrozzeria Touring to produce the Italia on their Jet chassis. It was described as being “styled like no other car that has preceded it” and was basically a show-car made for public consumption.
Hudson said the car was safe “due to its extremely low center of gravity, its ‘Monobilt’ body-and-frame, and its cornering and braking ability.”
Around 25 Italias were produced until Hudson's merger with Nash and the project was canceled.
Chassis & Sales
1954 Hudson Italia Coupe - sold for $275,000
This striking Italia, chassis number IT10011, is one of just 21 examples known to remain in existence. While it is believed by some authorities that the flamboyant Las Vegas-based entertainer Liberace may have once owned this very car, no corroborative evidence has currently been found. Today, the Italia displays a comprehensive cosmetic restoration, including a fresh exterior finish in the original and correct cream-yellow color, new brightwo... more
Gallery: 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island RM Auction
1954 Hudson Italia Coupe IT10011 - sold for $265,000
The car on offer today is one of 21 Italias believed to have survived. Restored about four years ago, this coupe has the correct red and white leather and vinyl interior and is finished in Cigarette Cream, the color in which most Italias were painted. The brightwork and trim is excellent, and the car rides on the correct chrome wire wheels. It is accompanied by a comprehensive file of documents and is said to run and drive very well.
Gallery: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions