1916 Hudson-Original Owner
Dutch Caswell's family bought a brand spanking new, maroon and black Hudson in 1916. The Hudson company had been making automobiles since 1909 and in 1916 manufactured its first engine, the Super Six. It was to be the industries first inherently balanced, high compression L-head motor; more powerful and lighter than any supplied by the Continental Motor Company.
The Caswell's loved the car. It was a smooth riding head turner. Handed down from Father to Son for generations, it was at last, "misplaced." The current owner's father sold it and the car was never seen again for twenty years. Dutch thought about the car and in fact acquired a 1912 Hudson as his hobby car. He relocated many times over the years and eventually landed in a very small rural town in Oregon, which, as luck would have it, was five miles from the current owner of his family car.
The license says 1917 but Ducth assures me, it is a 1916 Hudson
While I am unclear on how Dutch rediscovered the car, he tells me the car is in original condition, not having even had a paint job. It runs well (he keeps plenty of water on board to cool the engine) and he drives it frequently. I may be chatting with Ducth in a week or two, at which time I will sharpen the details on his discovery and the car. For now, enjoy the pictures of this classic.