1957 Hudson Hollywood Hornet
The 1955-1957 Hudson Hornet is unflatteringly referred to nowadays as the “Hash,” the predictable result of the American Motors merger. Now built as a reskinned Nash, these cars were produced on the Kenosha, Wisconsin assembly lines instead of in Hudson’s old Detroit factory.
Styling of the 1955-1957 Hudson Hornet was individual, but in most eyes became progressively worse. The ’55 Hornet was the cleanest model of this trio, with a broad eggcrate grille and distinctive two-toning. For 1956 there was “V-Line Styling” that attempted to put Hudson’s traditional triangle logo shape in every nook and cranny. It was blindingly accented by tacky anodized aluminum appliqués. The last Hudsons appeared for ’57, even more gaudy than before.
The Hornet’s legendary six, with and without Twin-H Power, was offered through 1956, Packard’s 320 V-8 in 1955 and the first half of ’56, and AMC’s new 327-cid V-8 in 1957. A late 1956-only Hornet Special came with Kenosha’s new 250 V-8 and a lower price.
A companion Wasp series was also fielded for 1955-1956, based on the shorter wheelbase Nash Statesman platform and with less ornate trim. It was replaced by the Hornet Super for ’57, while the more deluxe version was called Hornet Custom. – Source: auto.howstuffworks.com