It was not unusual to see Hollywood actor Steve McQueen driving a 1950 Hudson Custom Commodore Six Brougham Convertible around Southern California before his death in 1980. After all, McQueen was a legend among automotive collectors. It seems he was especially enamored of classic Hudson motorcars.
The 1950 Hudson Custom Commodore Six Brougham Convertible featured here is finished in the lovely two-tone color combination of White over Aztec Brown with a partially original red interior and a beige power convertible top. (You’ll find more photos at this link.) It is one of only 700 ever built new in 1950.
Why do you think that McQueen, who was considered the “King of Cool” in Hollywood circles, was so taken by this particular Hudson? The Commodore Six was powered by an upgraded 308 ci inline 6 cylinder Hudson motor with the famous Twin H-Power carbs. McQueen owned three other Hudsons so he was no stranger to the brand. He was frequently seen driving his Hudsons around in Southern California. He enjoyed this one until his passing in 1980.
Today, it still has the charm of a driver quality collector car which is what drew McQueen to it in the first place. Daniel Schmitt & Company tells us it has undergone a recent mechanical service to ensure it can be enjoyed by its future owner.
In 2011, RM Sotheby’s sold McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S for nearly $1.4 million while in 2015 Mecum Auctions sold his 1976 Porsche 930 for nearly $2 million! Documented McQueen ownership has proven to yield excellent investment return. Steve McQueen’s is one of those celebrity names that really adds value to the collector cars he has owned.
The stellar looking Hudson Commodore Six comes with its data plate intact, a California registration receipt in the name of Steven T. McQueen of Los Angeles and an original looking owner’s manual. What’s more the odometer tumblers are very nicely aligned showing only 22,647 miles.
The options on this classic Hudson motorcar include: a power convertible top, power windows, windshield visor, a spotlight, AM radio, bumper guards, rear fender skirts and new whitewall tires.
After World War II, Hudson came out with very unusual designs and very fast cars, being the first automaker in Detroit to boldly offer a new look. Hudson debuted its Monobilt semi-unit construction chassis in 1948. The Monobilt construction merged the body and the frame to allow the rider to “step down” into the car. The first “step-down” Hudson’s were only five feet high. They were the fastest, best handling cars around, combining Hudson’s competent six- and eight-cylinder engines with the low center of gravity and relatively lightweight bodies.
Originally fitted with a 262ci single-carbureted six, the McQueen Hudson offered here was upgraded, presumably while in McQueen’s ownership, with the larger, 308 ci high-compression Six, and equipped with the desirable Twin H-Power dual carburation system. Described as “largely original,” the Hudson is thought to have had one repaint, in a non-original white over light brown. Daniel Schmitt & Company says it has a “charming patina.”