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With its bold custom-built yellow body and gas headlights and taillights, this car was and is not to be missed on the road or the racetrack. The 33 Speedster was produced during a time when car companies were starting to produce cars specifically for racing. Producing 33 bph and a three-speed sliding transmission, the Speedster fit the bill perfectly. It even included the “monocule” windshield to protect the driver against the winds when flying down the racetrack.
This 1911 Hudson Model 33 Speedster was advertised as a “Mile-a-Minute” automobile due to its ability to maintain a driving speed of 60 mph for an extended amount of time. 1911 was only the second year that Hudson produced an automobile in what would be a run of over four decades. This particular Speedster was raced and then parked in Puerto Rico until it was purchased by Dr. Warren D. Kistler in 1976.
This 1911 Speedster used gas for more than just powering the racing engine. The headlights, sidelights, and taillights on this automobile are all gas-fueled.
Acetylene and kerosene
A precursor to modern electric lighting for automobiles which were just beginning to be used around this era, a Prest-O-Lite acetylene tank on the driver’s side running board supplied acetylene to the headlights through gas lines in the car’s body.
The sidelights and taillight of the Speedster were gas as well. The sidelights are Castle kerosene lights and the taillight is an E&J kerosene model.
1911 Hudson 33 Speedster specs:
- 33 BHP
- 226 Cu. Inch Displacement 4-Cylinder Engine
- Weight: 1,800 lbs.
- Wheelbase: 114 Inches
- Two-wheel Rear Mechanical Brakes
- Semi-floating Rear Axle
- “Quick Fill” Cap for Racing
- Three-speed Sliding Gear Transmission
- Single Stromberg Carburetor
- Price in 1911 $1,600 or $44,000+ in 2020