Stepdown Hierarchy?

beaverbikesbeaverbikes Posts: 39Member
I wish I could get this down. Have read all kinds of info, if I get it figured out, then I forget. Been working on a Hornet for a couple years, now maybe another car will come to my shop. I know it's not a Hornet, but of course to the uninitiated it looks like one. Maybe somebody could make a quick list? Like from the most deluxe car on down. The Jet is a little car, correct?

But we got Hornet, Pacemaker, Wasp.........maybe something else. And Commodore. Thanks!!


  • lostmindlostmind Posts: 1,388Expert Adviser
    Super six , Super 8 , Super wasp , Hornet Special. Add to your list. Order is not correct, 
    some models only made some years.
    Someone will list them chronological for you.
  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 2,200Expert Adviser

    From my website 
  • beaverbikesbeaverbikes Posts: 39Member
    Thanks! I'll copy that little chart.
  • Jon BJon B Posts: 7,294Administrator
    edited June 20
    For some reason the left column shows 13 lines, while the model number list (at right) shows only 12. 

    Now let me confuse you with more trivia:

    The "heirarchy" of the StepDown Era would start with the Commodores at the top of the heap from 1948 through 1952 (6 and 8 cyl, std. wheelbase)

    The Supers (sixes and eights, std. wheelbase) were the lower priced model, made from 1948 through 1950.

    In 1950 the Pacemaker (6-cyl) was introduced as a short wheelbase lower-priced model. 

    In 1951 the Hornet ( 6 cyl)  and Commodore (6 & 8) were the expensive Hudsons.  The Super series was discontinued and the Pacemaker was the (6 cyl., short wheelbase) lower priced Hudson.

    In 1952 the Wasp (6 cyl) joined Pacemaker (6 cyl.) as the lower priced Hudsons.  Commodore and Hornet were the more expensive series.

    In 1953 Commodore and Pacemaker were dropped.  Hornet continued as higher-priced model and Wasp became the sole lower price model (6 cyl, short wheelbase).  Jet was introduced as Hudson's compact car (6 cyl, avail as Jet & Super Jet).

    In 1954 (Hudson's last year as an independent), Hornet was top of the line (Hornet Special was somewhat lower priced), Wasp was lower priced, short wheelbase, Jet and Super Jet were the compact car
    Now you know more than you ever wanted to.  And I don't guarantee that I'm 100% correct.
  • beaverbikesbeaverbikes Posts: 39Member
    ^^ I think I'll print this and put it on the wall!
  • cheyenne7271cheyenne7271 Posts: 310Member
    Don’t forget about this for 1953. The Wasp 6 cyl was a 232 1bbl and the Super Wasp 6 cylinder was introduced which had a 262 2bbl
  • 7XPacemaker7XPacemaker Posts: 491Senior Contributor
    Don’t forget about this for 1953. The Wasp 6 cyl was a 232 1bbl and the Super Wasp 6 cylinder was introduced which had a 262 2bbl

    And the 262 could be ordered with Twin H, which was different from the 308 Twin H. Linkages were different as it utilizing a smaller carb flange.
  • 50C8DAN50C8DAN Posts: 2,276Senior Contributor
    Hudson would have been wiser to reduce the number of models when the Hornet came out.  There were too many variations of what was basically the same model.

  • beaverbikesbeaverbikes Posts: 39Member
    Thanks everybody. What I wound up looking at is an intact 51 Commodore 6, and a 51 Commodore 6 parts car. Probably wind up in my if I needed any more projects.
  • cheyenne7271cheyenne7271 Posts: 310Member
    we always need more projects 
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