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Hot Rod Hollywood Hornet...303 Olds/Hydro

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 3wLarry, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    Some of you know I am helping a sick friend of mine sell off his cars and parts collection. I thought you guys would get a kick out of this old hot rod.

    It's a 1951 Hollywood Hornet coupe that was originally purchased new by a Doctor Cody Ray in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. It had the Twin H Power package. It must have been beautiful in its factory two-tone Blue/Yellow paint scheme... It was eventually sold to another Pawhuskan in 1958, who decided to install a 1949 Olds 303/Hydro in it. He drove it another 3 years and eventually parked it in still has the 1961 Oklahoma license plate on has spent its whole life in Pawhuska.

    It sat outside all these years, and was vandalised by neighborhood kids...time wasn't good to this old girl...she has some rust in the floors and hood, but the majority of the body seems pretty also seems to be mostly complete.

    I know you guys don't like WIW threads, but I'm out of my element on this type of car and need advise on what I should be asking for this old girl with a clear Okie title.

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  2. zgears
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 1,545


    I'd say 1,200 to the right person.
  3. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 9,008


    thats some cool Kemp material there, but i'd only go about a grand
  4. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,861

    from Dublin, OH

    Neat car, but it's a hurtin' unit!
    I would think anything over a "G" note would be doing pretty good.
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  5. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101


    The bus in the background reminded me that 'Keith Partridge' drug one home once...:p



  6. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    thanks for the reminder, ramblur...
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  7. Ted H
    Joined: Jan 7, 2003
    Posts: 312

    Ted H

    Thanks for posting the pics.
    The Hollywood coupes are probably the most desirable models. Often the Hudsons had serious structural rust issues underneath the doors. The Olds engine is a detracting feature.
    The HAMB is probably not the best place to seek a valuation- there is a huge national Hudson club and if it were me I would contact them.

    If I were a wealthy man I'd be seriously interested!
    Good luck, Ted
  8. 51hornetdude
    Joined: Jun 25, 2008
    Posts: 80

    from denver

    I would be in for a grand. It has some very desirable parts if wasn't restorable, but it doesn't look too bad. I am finishing up a 52 Hollywood right now, and it wasn't in much better shape when I started
  9. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 14,575


    I have an old co-worker who is big into these Hudsons, and he says all the other old Hudson guys like him are cheapskates. He has a big garage FULL of NOS parts and can't give them away. He says his wife will probably have to call the local steel scrapper when he dies.

    He sold one of this era (it was a post car though, not a hardtop) that was in much nicer shape for only a few thousand last year. I'd think Larry's buddy's is probably worth a grand.
  10. EEZI
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 108


    Ooooohhhh, Mrs Partridge !
  11. Im new to Hudsons myself, and i see the classic car website has a large Hudson group. It seems the cheapskate side mentioned in a previous post is univesal though, as i just brought a 28 Hudson project that the owner couldnt sell to his restorer buddies.
  12. rocksolidnate
    Joined: Feb 4, 2013
    Posts: 121

    from Viroqua Wi

    I love the old hudsons I picked up an 54 308 staight six with the twin carb setup
    from a lady whose husband passed a couple of years back with a large collection
    of everything hudson from cars to old advertising she is just now starting to sort through his collection. My advise is to do your research and take your time you might have a gem!
  13. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,735


    I would think the Olds and Hydro would be worth a grand alone, if it runs.
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 7,592

    from SIDNEY, NY

    You might think it, but try to get it....and this is from someone that's got several 303s.
  15. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,219


    Looking at that Hudson reminds me of one in a old junkyard I used to get parts from,it must of had a slightly newer Olds rocket since it had a 4 bbl. I wish I would have paid more attention to it but since it sat there so long without a hood I thought anything on the motor would have been junk and just looked at it as I passed it by looking for other parts.

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