There were so few boattail bodies made by Hudson in 1931 that they did not even get a mention in the sales brochures for that year. Hudson would share the boattail body with Essex in the years when Essex produced boattails, 1927, 1929 and 1931. Needless to say these boattail roadsters, or speedsters as they are popularly referred to, are truly rare today.
The Volo Auto Museum calls it “the rarest Hudson Greater Eight Boattail Speedster.” The 1931 Hudson T119 Boattail Speedster they just posted this week is one of only ten ever made. They say seven of these rare speedsters still exist today. Few collectors even know these cars exist. The bodies were built for Essex by the well-known Murray company, a luxury coachbuilder typically associated with marques like Packard, Lincoln and Stutz. Since the famous designer Ray Dietrich was employed by Murray at this time it is possible that this stunning boattail treatment was his work.
Volo tells us the Art Deco tri-toned color scheme on this car is to remind you of a sunset. The colors are Tangerine Orange, Nasturtuim Yellow and Bangkok Brown, reminiscent of an Auburn color scheme in that era. The car features a small rumble seat with room enough for one adult or two children, decorative center-bracketed electric horn, Hudson “Eagle” hood ornament, dual sidemount spares, side curtains and a steeply raked folding windshield. Its lightweight body and strong running Great Eight engine will deliver speeds in excess of 90 miles and hour. The T119 model was produced only one year, 1931.
Although the 233.7 ci L-head inline 8-cylinder engine offered less horsepower than the Hudson Super Six that it replaced, it was fully 500 pounds lighter and was much quicker and faster than the durable Hudson Six. It had a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel mechanical brakes.
This car has been SOLD.
If you are a discrete hobbyist who reveres the most exclusive cars for his collection, they just do not come any more rare than this one.
Volo listed another rare Hudson Touring car in today’s newsletter: click here to view the Vintage Classics in today’s newsletter.