George Romney shut down the Hudson factory in Detroit and Concentrated Hudson and Nash production at the Nash plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to spread the cost of basic tooling over all lines of cars. This move to consolidate production saved the company over $15,000,000 in 1955. American Motors was the only independent auto-maker with this production cost advantage. American Motors was able to deliver new products in record time to dealerships.
These serial numbers can help with identification of a vehicle. The Nash serial numbers are unique to the El Segundo, California plant. Nash began production for 1949 models at El Segundo and would sell the plant to Hughes Aircraft, ending production there during the 1955 model year.
The vehicle identification plate for Nash is on the right-hand side of the cowl under the hood.
1955 would introduce 11 models of the Nash Rambler distributed to Hudson dealers with "H" in the center of the grille and on the hubcaps. This would be the only difference between the Nash and Hudson Rambler.
Read the driver's report for the new 1955 Rambler Cross Country in this issue. You can even purchase a digital copy of this magazine.
Motor Life May 1955
Like the Hudson Hornet, top of the line Nash Ambassador, could also be ordered with the 320-cid 208-bhp V8 engine built by Packard, with a Packard built Twin Ultramatic transmission. Hot Rod published a great article about the new engine in the August issue. We have it here for you to enjoy.
The Hudson Hornet could be ordered with a 320-cid 208-bhp V8 engine for 1955. The new V8 was built by Packard, and coupled with a Packard built Twin Ultramatic transmission. 6,219 Hudsons were built with this optional engine.
Want to learn more about this engine? Look no further than right here on AutomotiveTimelines. We have the Hot Rod magazine scoop from 1955.
Read about the new Packard V8 that was used in the American Motors cars (Ambassador and Hornet), design to deployment, in this issue of Hot Rod magazine.
Read the driver's report for the new 1955 Nash and the 1955 Hudson in this Motor Life magazine.
Motor Life April 1955
Read the report for the Hudson Italia in this Motor Life magazine. A download is also available.
Motor Life September 1955