- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2002

During the summer of 1996 Karl Anderson heard opportunity knocking in the form of a 1928 Hudson Super Six Custom Landau Sedan.
Mr. Anderson wanted to take part in the well-known Glidden Tour of antique automobiles but did not have a car old enough to qualify.
When he learned of the availability of the 1928 Hudson he lept at the chance and purchased the four-door sedan. Not only was the car of the qualifying vintage for the Glidden Tour, but also it was, and remains, in unrestored original condition.
Mr. Anderson believes that he is the third owner of the Hudson, the first being a man from York, Pa., and the second owner a man from near York.
With his wife, Dorothy, along with another couple, Mr. Anderson drove to York in August 1996 to take possession of the five-passenger sedan, which has a pop-out ignition switch similar to that on a Model A Ford.
The 288-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine was coaxed to life and with Mr. Anderson behind the four-spoke steering wheel the 3,780-pound Hudson was on the way to its new home near Berryville, Va.
What could go wrong?
The rain came, and came and came.
In the downpour, Mr. Anderson recalls, "The wiper forgot how to work."
An occasional half-hearted swipe of the reluctant wiper cleared the windshield enough so that Mr. Anderson could proceed. The engine ran fine all the way home," he remembers.
The Hudson is from an era when motorists actually had to drive the car. Before the car can be started the driver must adjust the spark and throttle levers near the horn button at the hub of the steering wheel. Mr. Anderson displays an oil can under the hood next to the left side of the tall engine. He explains that not a drop of the seven quarts of oil ever gets to the top of the engine.
Consequently, the driver must use the oil can every 500 miles to fill the six oil cups atop the engine. Each cup hold about a shot glass of oil. A felt wick, Mr. Anderson says, siphons the oil down to the working parts of the engine.
Toward the right side of the dashboard is a carburetor heat control knob that must be adjusted as the heat of the engine changes. The knob has five settings:
Hot.
Warm.
Medium.
Cool.
Cold.
At the left end of the dashboard is a motor-heat-control knob that mechanically adjusts the shutters in front of the radiator.
While the driver has to contend with these controls he also has to manipulate the cowl vent as well as the adjustable windshield to keep the passengers comfortable.
In severely cold weather passengers could stay warm with the help of a lap robe, which was usually hanging from the robe rail on the back of the front seat.
The driver could insulate the engine by snapping a weatherfront to cover the louvers on each side of the engine hood.
Six holes around the perimeter of the louvers are there for that purpose.
The heavy Hudson is halted by 14-inch mechanical drum brakes both front and rear on 12-spoke wooden wheels. Each wheel features a 2-inch-wide internal expanding shoe. The emergency hand brake sprouts from the floor up to the driver's left knee.
A pair of glove compartments at ankle height are wedged into the side kickboards on both sides of the car beneath the dashboard. Both rear doors have convenient pockets.
The chrome landau bars are fake as the black landau leather material covering the roof and upper quarters cannot be lowered. Still, they add a stylish touch as does the trunk from a Toronto company attached to a rack at the rear. Under the trunk is a 19-gallon fuel tank.
The big 31x6.00-inch tires mounted on 19-inch wheels support the car on a 127 3/8-inch wheelbase and provide a comfortable ride. The owner's manual boasts that the car can be turned in 21 feet.
The black fenders match the top while the body is green with a cream-colored panel under the windows. The Weed Co. manufactured the unusual bumpers.
A single taillight was standard in those pre-turn-signal days.
An extra charge was assessed for name brands such as a Stewart-Warner speedometer, Prest-O-Lite battery, Marvel carburetor, King Seely gas gauge, E. A. Laboratories horn, Stewart-Warner vacuum tank and Goodyear tires.
Yes, the Hudson performed flawlessly on the Glidden Tour, which was based in Staunton, Va.
It was a five-day hub tour starting each morning and ending each evening at the same place. A 125-mile trip was scheduled each of the five days.
Even though the odometer on Mr. Anderson's Hudson now is nearing 82,000 miles, the proud owner is anticipating yet another Glidden Tour.
"It runs great," he enthuses.


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