Asking Price: $39,500 Questions

1946 Hudson Big Boy Pickup Truck

212 ci L-Head Inline Six-Cylinder - 3 speed manual

Lot # 6207
Location Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Seller Dealer
212 ci L-Head Inline Six-Cylinder
3 speed manual
cerulean blue
Asking Price: $39,500 Questions

“*A rare and supremely stylish car-forward pickup
*Robust Hudson six-cylinder power
*Comprehensive older restoration
*Conceived by America’s first female car designer, Betty Thatcher
*Chassis no. 3851378
*212 ci L-Head Inline Six-Cylinder Engine
*Single Downdraft Carter Carburetor
*103bhp at 4,000rpm
*3-Speed Manual Transmission
*Independent Front Suspension, Solid Rear Axle
*4-Wheel Drum Brakes

Betty Thatcher Oros, the first female automotive designer in the United States, originally conceptualized the design of the Hudson Big Boy pickup truck in 1939. The Big Boy line was known for its elegant design and sturdy construction. It was an idea well ahead of its time, predating the Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino by more than a decade. A few detail changes were made in 1946 and 1947, but the fundamental design was still Thatcher’s.

Like its competitors, Hudson rushed back to the market at the end of World War II, with lightly refreshed versions of its pre-war models in order to save on tooling. In the case of Hudson, this was not necessarily a bad thing, as the marque had a well-deserved reputation for quality and value. Hudson’s two-model lineup consisted of the Super Six and Commodore Eight, with a wealth of body styles for each. On the utility side, Hudson returned with its innovative “”Hudson Cab Pickup”” blending truck-like utility with passenger car levels of comfort and convenience in a distinctly stylish package.

This ’46 Hudson Super Six Pickup is one of just a handful of known survivors. It was acquired out of Colorado in 1994 by Texas-based restorer and collector, Don Auerbach, who subsequently performed a complete restoration, refinishing the Hudson with a cerulean blue exterior, blue upholstery and a fully refurbished wood bed floor. These rare trucks are popular with customizers, but thankfully this one has stayed refreshingly authentic overall, with cream-colored steel wheels, wide whitewall bias ply tires, and period-correct detailing. Clearly a fan of this truck, Mr. Auerbach owned it until June of 2023, when it was acquired by an enthusiastic collector of Hudson, Kaiser, and Nash automobiles.

The restoration remains very well-preserved with an inviting character that encourages the next owner to enjoy this unique truck as intended. This wonderful and capable Hudson is the ideal machine to use at the vineyard, farm, or for relaxed runs to your local hardware store.


1946 Hudson Big Boy Pickup Truck

1946 Hudson Big Boy Pickup Truck

1946 Hudson Big Boy Pickup Truck

1946 Hudson Big Boy Pickup Truck


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  • TBMCG says:

    I live in SB. I have genuine interest. Can I schedule a test drive?

  • ibsracing says:

    How long have you owned this truck?

  • Flynt says:

    Stunning Truck….

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