DESCRIPTIONTitled as a 1953 model, and christened '01 Prototype' by its storied Italian builder, this 100% complete, largely authentic survivor is designer Frank Spring's original prototype for Hudson's rare Italia sports car. As the old story goes, Frank Spring, Hudson's lead designer, met with Carrozzeria Touring officials over a seafood dinner in Brussels and, with the help of a borrowed cloth napkin, completed the first Italia sketch. Touring, with the help of a custom steel tube frame, hand-formed aluminum panels, 20 layers of hand-rubbed Italian Cream lacquer and custom leather trim, created the lust worthy Superleggera you see here. And ultimately, 26 Italias rolled into the history books. When the program ended, Spring hid his prized prototype until attaining permission to sell it. When the sale was approved, he immediately passed it to a close friend who, in addition to driving 27K miles in roughly 20 years, ordered a standard repaint and removed its custom header letters. And when that friend passed, his obituary ran in the monthly Hudson Essex Terraplane newsletter giving the car's current owner, who was very concerned about its continued preservation, a chance to amplify his Hudson collection. Today, an uncompromised example of the pure innovation that drove Detroit's first golden age, Italia 01 Prototype is an investment grade concours winner that's ready for primetime duty on the global show circuit. Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information!
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