|My late brother Arthur saw the car for
sale in the White Triangle news, and suggested I buy the car. I told
him I didn’t have the money and he said ” buy it you won’t
ever find another car like it”. Arthur had recently imported a
1946 Hudson coupe. ( Now owned by Alan Walker). A.J. and I had
always like the American bodied Hudson of that era.
At that time I had an earlier model Hudson on
which I had completed a full restoration. I then sold the earlier
model and rang the guy in America, a Mr Hal Waddell who lived in
Melbourne Florida, I had met Hal on one of his trips to Australia
some years before.
He told me the car was still for sale and we
negotiated a price over the phone. $11,500 US . He told me that the
car was too dear for the Yanks and he had not had any enquiries from
anyone in the US.
He said I would love to sell the
car to you and see it go to Australia.
He then sent me out a heap of
photos, all angles of the body, the mileage at that point was 14,093
I sent Hal the money to pay for
the car, and arranged shipping through a company in Australia, this
was in December 1988. At that point the car should have been picked
up ready for shipping to Australia. In early March 1989 Hal rang me
and asked when I was going to organize shipping, I told him the
shipping company told me the car was on the water and would arrive
in Sydney shortly, gave me the container number the ship it was on
etc. Hal told me “The car is still in my garage” I rang the
shipping company and after some checking they said “oops” look
like we have made a blunder”.
The car eventually arrived July
1989, six months after paying for it. There were many sleepless
nights. Remember this car was bought sight unseen until it arrived
here in Australia. Hoping I had done the right thing.
At that time I had a table top
truck, so A.J. and I hired a trailer and went to the shipping
terminal to pick up the car. We were directed to a large storage
shed were the car was. When A.J., saw the car he said to me
“That’s not your car it is in far too good a condition”
and yes it was my car and in perfect condition. We picked it up and
trailered it to it’s new home in Australia.
This 1942 Hudson Two Door
Brougham is the only 1942 Two Door Brougham 21 series on the
American Hudson Clubs register.