The Hudson Wasp
is an automobile that was produced by the Hudson Motor Car Company
of Detroit, Michigan
between 1952 and 1954. The Wasp was also built by American Motors Corporation
in Kenosha, Wisconsin
and marketed under its Hudson
brand for model years 1955 and 1956.
The Wasp (Series 58) was introduced for the 1952 model year as an upgraded version of the Hudson Pacemaker
, replacing the Hudson Super Custom
models from 1951. The Wasp was available in two and four-door sedan
, and a 2-door hardtop
designated the Hollywood
. The Wasp was built on Hudson's shorter wheelbase
using the company's "step-down" body design with an overall length of , and used the larger Commodore's straight-six engine
for improved performance.
Wasp model year production saw 21,876 units in 1953 and 17,792 units in 1954, its final year before the Hudson merger with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation
In its final two model years, the Wasp became a product of the newly formed American Motors Corporation (AMC). Following the 1954 model, Hudson's Detroit manufacturing facility was closed and production of Hudson models was shifted to Nash's factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin. All Hudsons would be based on the senior Nash models, but would have exclusive Hudson styling.
In 1955, Hudson emerged as a conservatively styled car, differing mainly from the full-sized Nash by having full front-wheel cut-outs and headlight placement. Model... Read More