Hudson Italia Rug

drivergo2drivergo2 Expert Adviser
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On the Portland Craigslist  there is for sale under auto parts hudson looks like a promo for the italia pictures arnt that good. I know nothing of it just ran across it . Thanks John


  • railknightrailknight Expert Adviser
    edited February 3 Posts: 232
    Looked at it myself and it'd be interesting to find out the story behind it.  It'd be a great buy for $135.00 especially if it is indeed associated with the '54 Hudson Italia when it was new.
  • rambos_riderambos_ride Senior Contributor
    Posts: 3,186

    my guess is someone lucky and could afford an Italia sometime had that made for showing the car at cars shows or a museum, or their garage...doubt it's more than 15-20years old.

    if it was closer and in good shape it would be cool to have regardless.

  • lostmindlostmind Expert Adviser
    Posts: 1,194
    Here's a guess that somebody can trace down if they want to.
    Ray Pischer ( sic? ) lived in Pennsylvania at one time, he was a carpet representative.
    Did very well in his trade. He had a Railton that I worked on and an Italia , among others.
    It's possible he had that made? 
    I know he moved south, maybe North Carolina?
    Just a guess for discussion. My memory might be " cloudy"

    Wellington , Ohio
  • 53jetman53jetman Senior Contributor
    Posts: 1,225
    1953 was a very long time ago, but it seems to me that when the Italia was initially shown to the dealer body in July of 1953 that Hudson used a carpet very much like the one shown in this ad.  After the initial showing at the dealer reveal in Detroit of all the 1954 models, the Italia went on a trip around the country for a general showing thru the larger Hudson Dealers Showrooms and auto shows.  Some how, the rug may have become separated from the show car during this trip.  It would stand to reason that the Oregon/Washington states would have been the last to have been favored with the Italia road trip displays.
    Jerry Bean  -  Lima, OH,  Home of the M1A1 Abrams Battle Tank - email: - A 2nd Generation Hud-Nut -  HET Tech Adviser on Hudson Jets 1953 & 1954 & HET Registrar of all Hudson Jets
  • iceblade10iceblade10 Member
    Posts: 446
    Hmmm...  I kinda feel like it's the real deal...
    Stephen Repas
    1954 Hornet Coupe - Originally my Grandfather's
    Southeastern PA
  • Oldfarmer1947gmailcomOldfarmer1947gmailcom Expert Adviser
    Posts: 1,556
    For the curious two Factory Displayed Italia and one using the same rug
    736 x 589 - 78K
    564 x 376 - 59K
    736 x 552 - 77K
    640 x 1136 - 557K
  • bull_islanderbull_islander Expert Adviser
    Posts: 528
    Looking at the craigslist picture, I had no idea the lettering was that big.  The third picture looks like it was from a Barrett Jackson auction, so still leaves it open as to when the carpet could've been made.
    Steve Clarke
    Southeast Virginia
    1954 Hornet convertible

  • onerare39onerare39 Expert Adviser, Moderator
    Posts: 974
    Gordon Apker's Italia at Barrett Jackson, January 2013.

    4000 x 3000 - 2M
  • 53jetman53jetman Senior Contributor
    Posts: 1,225
    The picture above of the left side of the Italia with the door open is what I remember of the original display in July 1953 (this by the way is the original Prototype in this picture) so that must mean the Mr. Ray Pischer was displaying his car at the show in the picture, as the 25 cars built after the prototype would not have had the elaborate stainless trim around the windshield or the rear window as shown in this picture.
    Jerry Bean  -  Lima, OH,  Home of the M1A1 Abrams Battle Tank - email: - A 2nd Generation Hud-Nut -  HET Tech Adviser on Hudson Jets 1953 & 1954 & HET Registrar of all Hudson Jets
  • rambos_riderambos_ride Senior Contributor
    Posts: 3,186
    There it is ~ that's an excellent provenance for where that rug came from!

    I wish I had a reason to make the 400 mile round trip..its just a cool rug regardless if its still in nice shape!

  • rambos_riderambos_ride Senior Contributor
    Posts: 3,186
    Of course the rug would be much nicer with the Italia sitting on it :)

    Notice how nicely it fits between the lettering!
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