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Dean & Joanne McRae’s 1938 Hudson “112” Saloon

“A full six seater powered by a 16.9 h.p. engine. - Good top gear performance. Flexible Springing”

Our Hudson is an American car that was purchased new by a Doctor in Africa before being shipped to Fremantle in Western Australia. From there it was driven across the Nullarbor to Adelaide in the early 1940’s. The car was used around Adelaide until being retired to a farm near Mount Gambier.

My Father Geoff McRae, bought the car from the estate in February 1976 and took it home to Bordertown, SA.

The Hudson was complete but rough. It had no brakes and was painted with blue house paint, but it ran okay.

The mileage appeared to be correct and according to records it had travelled 108,000 miles with only minor clutch repairs being done.

Dad took the bumpers and mascots off to be re-chromed, but the mascots came back a mess because they were made of die cast. After joining the Victorian Hudson Club, Dad advertised for mascots but got no results, nor did trips to just about every wrecker between Bordertown and Sydney. This is when Dad realised this was a rare model here in Australia.

Eleven coats of different paint were removed until the original colour was found. The Hudson was resprayed in almost the original colour, the brakes re-lined, wheel and master cylinders re-sleeved, front springs reset and the chroming re-done. The door trims and hood lining were replaced but the seats are still original. The motor was reconditioned and now has 234,140 miles on the clock. A friend of the family who was interested in craft work hand-made the mascot and emblem.

Ownership of the Hudson was passed to me when my parents passed away in October 1997. The Hudson was transported on a taut-liner semi-trailer from South Australia to our home in Batemans Bay, New South Wales in June 1998. The NSW and Victorian Hudson Clubs have confirmed that this Hudson is the only known one of its model and year in Australia.

 

Typing from info sheet shown on the bottom of the picture on the left.