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History of Hudson Dealerships

Due to the large amount of photos, the Dealership information has been broken into several pages. Simply click on the location that interests you to be directed to the correct portion of the allocated page. -- The first Hudsons found their way across the ocean in 1913.


AFRICA


SOUTH AFRICA

Stanley Motors, Ltd., Eloff Street, Johannesburg. Hudson cars were assembled from Complete Knock Down kits here.


ASIA


CHINA

Hong Kong:
Mr. C. Lauritsen, Desvoux Road. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Pekin:
Fu Hau Motor Garage Circa 1917.

Shanghai:
Markt Garage, 89 Rue Montauban. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.


INDIA

Bombay:
Bombay Cycle & Motor Agency, New Queens Road. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Bombay:
Kandawalla & Co
Kandawalla & Co, Hughes Road, Bombay, India.

Calcutta:
Russa Engineering Works, Ltd., No. 4 Fairlie Place. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.
Stapleton & Co, 94 Ripon Street. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Karachi:
D.R. Herman & Co., Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Madras:
Oakes & Co., Ltd., Motor Dept. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Rangoon:
Motor House Co., Ltd. Mentioned in the Hudson Triangle Vol.1 No.30 of May 4, 1912.


INDONESIA

Sumatra
Medan-Deli, Sumatra:
D.D. Rens, Booheen Fuchs, Medan-Deli, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915. Editor's Note: The Dutch East Indies was the Dutch colony that became modern Indonesia following World War II. [North] Sumatra is a Province of Indonesia. Deli (aka Deli Serdang) is a southeast suburb of Medan.
Java - an island of Indonesia
Batavia, Java:
D.D. Rens, Booheen Fuchs Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Samarang, Java:
D.D. Rens, Booheen Fuchs Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Soerabaya (Surabaya?), Java:
D.D. Rens, Booheen Fuchs Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

SINGAPORE

Singapore, Straits Settlements
Editor's Note: Singapore in the Straits Settlements refers to a period in the history of Singapore from 1826 to 1942 during which Singapore was part of the Straits Settlements together with Penang and Malacca as a result of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, which carved up the Malay archipelago between the two colonial powers. The area north of the Straits of Malacca, including Penang, Malacca, and Singapore, was designated as the British sphere of influence, while the area south of the Straits was assigned to the Dutch.

Wearne Bros., Ltd., Singapore, Straits Settlements. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.


SRI LANKA - Known as Ceylon until 1972.

Colombo, Ceylon:

Brown & Co., Ltd. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.


AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA


AUSTRALIA

Australia Hudson Distributors Map

The outline map above locates the four distributors that handled the Hudson in Australia as reported in The Hudson Triangle Vol 7, No 33 on Feb 9, 1918: W. Johnson & Co, Ltd., at Perth; Motors, Ltd., at Adelaid; Kellow-Falkiner Motor Company, at Melbourne; Dalgety & Co., Ltd, at Sydney and Brisbane.

NEW SOUTH WHALES

Bowral:
Les Burrows Motor Engineer
Les Burrows Motor Engineer, on the main street. Photo taken 10/5/1937. Burrows' car was a 'one off, with special body by Properts Body Works of Camperdown in Sydney. The body on this car was on Les' 1935 Terraplane and when Les acquired a new 1936 Hudson 8 minus the body, from Dalgety & Co., he transferred the body onto the 1936 Hudson. Clive Gibson was a teenage fan of Les Burrows in the 1930's, and Burrows sent Clive a couple of autographed photos of the Hudson. The photographs were taken in front of his garage & Hudson Dealership in the main street of Bowral (N.S.W.). This car competed in the Australian Grand Prix at Victor Harbour (S. Australia) 26 December 1936 with a DNF (did not finish). Frank Kleinig was also in this event driving the McIntyre Hudson also with a DNF - burst top radiator tank. Les won the 10-mile Championship in the Hudson at Penrith Speedway on ANZAC Day 1937 (Clive Gibson was there.) In its first form as a 1935 Terraplane, Les won the 116-mile road race at Phillip Island (Victoria) in November 1935. The Terraplane was painted green & the Hudson version was bright red. Clive Gibson owned the car in the 1960's having bought it from a University student with the idea of a rebuild , but he was very busy, just starting in business, so he sold it to a friend, Col Young from West Ryde (Sydney). He in turn sold it back to the University student & no more is known. The car was fully equipped with a nice hood, windscreen, Hudson mudguards & 6-wheel set up. It was very fast, being much lighter than a 4-door sedan - 24 cwt. Les stripped it for racing only & it was 20 cwt. Les raced Terraplanes at different times and the various cars can be confused. In 1938 (Easter) he finished second in the Australian Grand Prix at Mount Panorama, driving a 1933 Terraplane (stripped) on the dirt road surface. Les' last competition event was the 1954 Redex Around Australia Trial in a Vanguard. Burrows was also known as one of the few to race a "big car" on the Penrith Speedway.

Sydney:
A. W. Dye Motors LTD 177 Elizabeth St. In business during at least 1929.

Sydney:
Dalgety & Co, Ltd. (Distributor), 15 Bent St., Circa 1914-1939. Read Dalgety article.

Sydney:
Ira L. and A.C. Berk Pty Ltd., (Distributor).The Sydney Morning Herald on page 9 of Friday Dec 8, 1939 reported that, "Ira L. and A.C. Berk Pty Ltd., have been appointed distributors for Hudson products, in succession to Dalgety and Co., Ltd."

Woolloomooloo (inner-city eastern suburb of Sydney):
Dalgety & Co
Dalgety & Co., corner of Cathedral & Riley. DKW, Hudson & Wolseley car showrooms circa 1938. Prior to 1938, Dalgety had 2 small showrooms: one on Phillip Street & the other on Elizabeth Street, central business district of Sydney. In 1940 Dalgety sold the Auto business to Ira Berk Pty Ltd. Dalgety also had an assembly plant at McElhone Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney from the late 1920's until they sold in 1940.

QUEENSLAND

The Courier-Mail (Brisbane,Queensland) Tuesday 10 July 1934, page 6:
"HUDSON—TERRAPLANE EXPORTS - Exports from America of Terraplane and Hudson cars are closely paralleling the huge increase of sales in that country. During the period from January 1 to April 15 there has been an increase of 260 per cent, as compared with the same period for 1933 export business."
Brisbane:
Leader Motors, Limited, 415 Adelaide Street. Circa 1925-1926?.

Brisbane:
McGhie Motor Co
McGhie Motor Co., 235-241 Adelaide Street. In business from at least 1912-1913. The McGhie Motor Company, 'motor engineers and importers', were situated near the Gresham Hotel. (Information taken from Queensland Post Office Directory (1910-1911). In 1912 they were agents for FIAT, Sunbeam, Delage, Hotchkiss, Hudson, Itala and Clement Bayard motor cars, Douglas and LMC motor cycles and Smith's speedometers. Alternate address on Grey St. at some point?

Brisbane:
McIntosh Motors, Pty., Ltd., 219-221 Adelaide St. Circa 1929-1938. Click here for more information on this dealership.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide:
Motors Limited
Motors Ltd., North side of Gilbert Street, 63 yards east of Norman Street. Photo from April 22nd, 1924, showing the recently completed premises of Motors Limited,erected between August 1923 and April 1924. The firm advertises Hudson and Essex cars and Karrier & Guy lorries. Previous address of 44 Flinders, circa 1918. (Still in business as of November 1953 at the Gilbert Street location, but no mention of car brands sold at that time.)

VICTORIA

Melbourne:
Kellow-Falkiner & Co., Collins St, Circa 1918.

Melbourne:
Neal's Motors Pty. Ltd.
Neal's Motors Pty., Ltd., Exhibition St. IN business from at least 1929-1938. Photo shows two 1929 letters on Neal's Motors letterhead with address of 140 -144 Exhibition St. in Melbourne written to gentleman in Geelong who had purchased an Essex. Other address have appeared for this dealership as 222 Exhibition St. and Unknown Elizabeth St. in unknown years. The Argus [Melborne paper] reported on Tuesday 3 April 1934, page 4 in an article titled "Spares for Hudson and Terraplane" that, "Neal's Motors Pty. Ltd, distributors of Hudson and Essex Terraplane cars in Victoria, state that the Hudson Motor-car Company has established a new department, which will ensure the prompt despatch of adequate supplies of parts for each new model of these cars. This will be of considerable assistance to overseas distributors."

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Perth:
Mortlock Bros., Mentioned in The West Australian on page 6 of Thursday May 28, 1936 as "the local agents for Hudson Terraplane cars."

W. Johnson & Co, Ltd., circa 1918.


NEW ZEALAND

Nelson, New Zealand

W.G. Vining, Ltd., Bridge & Hardy Sts. In business from 1912-1930. Click here to read article.

Wellington?, New Zealand

Cameron & MacDonald
Lower Brandson St.?

Cameron & MacDonald

Unknown, New Zealand

New Zealand
H.J. Jones Co. in New Zealand. Established 1913.


EUROPE


GERMANY

Max Deesz
Max Deesz: Cilvilingenieur Max Deesz welcomed at the factory by Expert Manager John A. Git. Photo featured in The Hudson Triangle Vol.1 No.27 of April 13, 1912. Location of Max Deesz dealEership believed to be in Berlin and/or Dusseldorf.

Netherlands


1929 Ad. Queen Wilhelma of The Netherlands was a major stockholder in Hudson Motor Car Co. Back in time they did not diversify as they do today. She was entertained by the A.E. Barits in their home when she visited the U.S. in the 1950s. As you can read in the following article link the Kinsmans were her carriage builders and later a Hudson Essex dealer. Maybe this got her to invest in Hudson.Click here for more history!

UNITED KINGDOM / ENGLAND

E.S.T. Cole, 25 High Street, Malmesbury, UK (NE of Bristol). EST (Stuart) Cole had been a fighter pilot in the first world war and then came to Malmesbury. In business during at least 1925. His son, Dick, continued the business still selling petrol in 1960s. He sold out to the Hyams in the mid 1970s; they still run the business.


NORTH AMERICA



BARBADOS

Courtesy Garage Distributor for Hudson and Essex motor cars. Founded in the 1920s by Louis B. Eckstein. At the time, the Garage was located at Park House, on the corner of White Park Road and Walrond Street, in Bridgetown. Click here for more history!

CANADA

ALBERTA

Calgary, AB:
Motor Livery Ltd. An "R.G. Robinson of the Motor Livery, Ltd." is mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol. 3 No. 48 of May 30, 1914, but it does not state the position held with company.

Edmonton, AB:
Healy Hudson
Healy Hudson, Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photo circa 1952. Click here for more pictures!

Lethbridge, AB:
Canadian Dealership
Fleming-Kennedy Ltd. in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Here is a vintage black-and-white snapshot, taken around 1949, featuring a view of a parade or festival in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The Fleming-Kenndy Hudson car dealership stands out in the scene. A 1949 Pontiac is pulling a parade float, which says Lethbridge Ski Club. Other cars and trucks from the 1930s and 1940s era can be seen. Back of photo is stamped with "Silvertone Print, A.E. Cross Studio, Lethbridge, Alta."

Check out the Temple City Cruisers!

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Victoria, B.C.:

C. Mitchell, Victoria, B.C. Announced as new dealer in The Hudson Triangle, Vol.1 Number 8, December 2, 1911.

Vancouver, B.C.:
A. W. Carter
A. W. Carter LTD, 845 Burrad Street. Circa 1936.

Vancouver, B.C.:
Metropolitan Motor Car Co
Metropolitan Motor Car Co., Ltd. Charles R. Thomas. Article from The Hudson Triangle Vol.1 no.27 of April 13, 1912.

MANITOBA

winnipeg, MB:
Canadian Dealership
Highland Motors in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Four new 1948 Hudson super series broughams are lined up outside the dealership.

Winnipeg, MB:
Western Canada Motor Car Co., Ltd. D.G. "Doc" Wright listed as Propreiter in Vol.3 No.35 from Feb 1914 Hudson Triangle.

NEW BRUNSWICK

St. John, N.B.:
Princess Garage
Princess Garage, 108-114 Princess St.

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

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NOVA SCOTIA

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ONTARIO

Windsor Ontario Hudson Plant 1952
Windsor (Tilbury), Ontario - Canadian Hudson Plant - 1952

Windsor Ontario Hudson Plant 2009
Windsor (Tilbury), Ontario - Canadian Hudson Plant Building - 2009

This factory was originally erected by the Grove Motor Co. in 1921. Hudson-Essex, which later became Hudson Motors of Canada, began assembling Hudson cars in Tilbury (suburb of Windsor), Ontario, in 1932 in a building owned by the Canadian Top & Body Co. The first models were a series of Hudson Eights. Production ceased in 1941. Post-war operations began in 1950, but ceased in 1954 when Hudson and Toronto-based Nash Motors of Canada Ltd. merged to form American Motors (Canada) Ltd. The entire company moved to the Toronto area. In 1959 the plant was taken over by W.H. Olsen Manufacturing which produced heating equipment and truck bodies. The company continued building furnaces as Duomatic-Olsen until it closed in 1987. It was purchased by Tilbury Warehousing in 1988.

Amherstburg, ON:
Pete Bratt (Per 10/14/41 newspaper ad.)
E. Cadarette (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)
Pat Bastien Garage, Richmond and Seymour Streets (Per 09/05/51 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

Berlin, ON:
Hambrecht. The Hudson Triangle Vol. 3 No. 41 of April 11, 1914 reported, "Wm. A Hoch and A. Woolner, of Berlin, Ontario, called recently at the factory with a letter of introduction from Herbert W. Hambrecht, Hudson dealer at that point...." A Hambrecht of Kitchener (Berlin), Ontario built one chain- driven auto with a rear-mounted engine circa 1907, but not sure if this is the same person.

Cottam, ON:
Stuart Mossop (Per 10/14/41 newspaper ad.)

Essex, ON:
James Whitson (Per 10/14/41 newspaper ad and 06/21/47 newspaper ad.)
Queen & Wigle Motor Sales, LTD. (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

Harrow, ON:
Chas. Woodbridge (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

Kingston, ON:
William P. Peters. The Hudson Triangle Vol.4 No.37 of March 13, 1915 reports, "Wm. P. Peters, Hudson distributor at Kingston, Ontario, says that conditions in his territory look very favorable for a good spring business." I believe this same William was also the Mayor of Kingston in 1935.

Kingsville, ON:
Clinton Fox (Per 10/14/41 newspaper ad.)
L.C. Goghill, 8 Chestnut Street (Per 09/05/51 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)
Queen Bros. (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

La Salle, ON:
Dufour Bros. (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

Leamington, ON:
Brown Bros., 2 Seacliff Drive (Per 09/05/51 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)
E. Forsyth (Per 06/21/47 newspaper ad.)
John Freund (Per 10/14/41 newspaper ad.)
Kiff's Garage (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

London, ON:
London Hudson-Essex Sales
London Hudson-Essex Sales, The check is from 1930 to 1932. Notice the only real difference to todays checks, is there is no account number.

Tecumseh, ON:
E. Morand (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

Tilbury, ON:
Daigneau & Son (Per 09/05/51 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

Toronto, ON:
Dominion Automobile Co
Dominion Automobile Co., 146-50 Bay St. Click here to view more information.

Toronto, ON:
Century Motor Sales Limited
Century Motor Sales Limited, 637 Yonge St.

Wallaceburg, ON:
Mann's Garage (Per 09/05/51 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

Wheatley, ON:
H.E. Chute (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

Windsor,ON:
A.E. Thompson Auto Co Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.6 No.22 of Nov.25,1916.
Trimble-Pratt Motors Limited (Distributor?), 645 Mercer Street (Per 10/14/41 newspaper ad 06/21/47 newspaper ad.) and then at 1010 London Street West (Per 09/05/51 newspaper ad.)
Windsor Hudson Essex (Distributor?), 433 Goyeau Street (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)
Windsor Hudson Essex Branch, 431 Sandwich St. East (Per 12/29/28 Windsor Ontario newspaper ad.)

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

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QUEBEC

Montreal, QC:

H. Russell Wilson, Montreal, QC. Announced as new dealer in The Hudson Triangle, Vol.1 Number 8, December 2, 1911.

Montreal, QC:
Legare Gadbois Auto
Legare Gadbois Auto, Ltd., 180 Amherst St. The Power Wagon. Issue [92-97] of August 1, 1912 lists it under "Dealers Recently appointed" but doesn't mention brand. Clipping above from The Hudson Triangle Vol.6 No.41 of April 7, 1917.

SASKATCHEWAN

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YUKON

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CUBA

Salamanca:
Angel A. Diez. Mentioned as a new dealer in The Hudson Triangle Vol.3 No.41 of April 11, 1914.


JAMAICA

Kingston:
J. Sutton-Brown
J. Sutton-Brown. Photo features the Gararge and Repair Shop of John Sutton-Brown, Hudson Dealer at Kingston, Jamaica, being inspected by factory representative Frank Lamkin. This was featured in the Hudson Trianlge Vol.1 No.30 of May 4, 1912. In 1913 John SB became a widower as his wife died of an acute mastoid infection despite being hospitalized in New York (this was before antibiotics). John was left with four kids, Alex then 13 (born December 1899), Don then about 10, Hunter about four and Gerald a baby. It's possible that the Hudson dealership suffered as a result, as the descending family wasn't even aware that a Hudson dealership had been owned.


SOUTH AMERICA


ARGENTINA

Buenos Aires:
Pratt & Co. Circa 1913, Dealer Name: Don Vermuellen, taken over by Billiet & Cia in 1914. Pratt & Co is found under Importers General in a 1903 edition of Kelly's Merchants and Manufacturers of the World as well as a 1914-1915 edition of Machinery, reported as a reputable firm handling many lines of goods "made in U.S.A".

Buenos Aires:
Buton, Guilayn & Co, dealers in Hudson & Essex, Maxwell, & Duesenberg, circa 1920.

Columbia

Bariangquilla:
Herman Angulo

Bagota:
Cudecom

Peru

Lima:
Unknown Dealership, 1913.

Unknown

Herman Ferber



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