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50 cars in 50 days, celebrating 50 years of Old Cars: Day Nine

Old Cars wants to celebrate our 50-year anniversary by bringing you "50 cars in 50 days." Today we offer up a regal 1929 Hudson Model R roadster.

Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!

 DAY NINE: 1929 Hudson Model R roadster


Pete Kortenhorn didn’t buy his 1929 Hudson Model R roadster because it had been used in a Bonnie & Clyde-style holdup back in 1931. He just loved the car and wanted badly to own it — regardless of its past. “It didn’t bother me. I kind of liked the fact that it has a history, but that’s not really what sold me on the car,” Kortenhorn said. 


“The appeal of the car to me was its appearance, and really in its year it was a hot rod because it had 92 hp; that’s about double what the Fords and Chevys were running in that period, which is why it was in the bank robbery.”

It’s hard to find a flaw in the car now, but Kortenhorn admits there were plenty of things that needed attention when he brought the Hudson home for the first time. “The doors were sagging because the hardware was coming loose. I had a few friends help me and we re-mounted the doors,” he said. “I moved the seat back about three inches because when I first bought it, you were driving in the fetal position! It was not made for tall people. I modified it a little bit so I can move the seat back.”

The Hudson shows about 73,000-plus miles on its odometer, and Kortenhorn figures he’s added about 3,000 of those himself. The miles will go on the car slowly in the future, and there be no high-speed trips running from the police, or anybody else for that matter. This Hudson’s days as a speed machine are long gone.


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