1953 Hudson Hornet - Jay Leno's Garage

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Jay Leno's Garage

25 күн мурун

It's no wonder that this celebrated marque of NASCAR fame, with it's innovative "step-down" design, is one of Jay's favorite classics.
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Hosted by legendary comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, the series explores our obsession with all things automotive. From classic cars to supercars and everything in-between, Jay is hitting the road to discover the most exciting, weird and wonderful vehicles ever made and meet the passionate people behind their wheels. Each one-hour themed episode features a mix of stunts, challenges, reviews, and celebrity interviews that showcases the colorful history of the automobile. Whether he’s exploring the story of an iconic brand, road-testing the newest super car, or investigating the latest automotive innovations, there is no wheel Jay won’t get behind to tell the story of our love affair with the car.
About Jay Leno: Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”
1953 Hudson Hornet - Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage

Judy Matheson
Judy Matheson 15 саат мурун
They changed the hood ornament in 1953
Judy Matheson
Judy Matheson 15 саат мурун
The color reminds my son of the Wills Sainte claire
Judy Matheson
Judy Matheson 15 саат мурун
My son loves cars plus he made one in tin foil
Judy Matheson
Judy Matheson 15 саат мурун
The big change in 51
Judy Matheson
Judy Matheson 15 саат мурун
Creativity runs in the family right
Judy Matheson
Judy Matheson 15 саат мурун
Sleek for its time in 52 the first car to have tri power. My son typed this
Chris Bentley
Chris Bentley 17 саат мурун
My dad's dad had a '53 or '54 Hornet. Same looking car. My dad had a bunch of sweet cars that he got rid over time as life got in the way. 57 Bel Air 63 Corvair 68 Camaro. And like 6-7 others that anyone would love to have today. The Camaro is the one he wish he had back, tho, and was the one he had in the Navy and the one he sold when I came along. It was that bronze color with the black racing stripes down the middle. He had it back when AZ and some SW states didn't really have speed limits...
Gordon Hamilton
Gordon Hamilton Күн мурун
Jay, what do you do about accommodating unleaded fuel?
Paul Bray
Paul Bray Күн мурун
Hi J, long time fan. I bought a 55 Willys wagon and I’m having huge issues with ceased bolts. Everything I buy Is not what they say, go figure. What do you use? Can you recommend something worthwhile? Thanks! Fan #27 ptbray@gmail.com
K Stu
K Stu 2 күн мурун
The way it tapers off down the back end is amazing. Its a perfect car. 308 flat 6 baby! They were lighting up the front emblem 70 years before these new mercs and Infinitis
Charles Lewis
Charles Lewis 2 күн мурун
If they made it today that’ll be all the car man would need
Roger Arndt
Roger Arndt 2 күн мурун
Love these Hudson's ones Jay, great show!!
James Stepp
James Stepp 2 күн мурун
Wonderful car,Jay,and I REALLY like the color!
Rick C
Rick C 3 күн мурун
13:26 is that a Chrysler pentastar keychain?
Parrot Raiser
Parrot Raiser 3 күн мурун
The preponderance of 6-cylinder diesels is most likely to be due to balance considerations. If your major problem is vibration, inherent smoothness is an asset.
Niko ID
Niko ID 4 күн мурун
22:37 : stupid rich man driving lamborghini in LA county. I also feel that Jay has a luxury car but his behavior is not like them, very disturbing for pedestrians. Very noisy.
Wayne H
Wayne H 4 күн мурун
Jay, bigger engine stroke= bigger torque. Two cylinder John Deere engines have huge torque. And a longggg stroke.
Alan Fursland
Alan Fursland 4 күн мурун
What a fantastic looking car the green is so nice with all that chrome a real head Turner this car could earn its keep with various jobs.....
Wayne Conn
Wayne Conn 4 күн мурун
Oh and wait till they have Batteries in them . Because they wont be allowed on the roads in the not so distant future .
Wayne Conn
Wayne Conn 4 күн мурун
Who cares about Jays cars !! Jay sell them give the money to charity . Come on you can do it . Think of the good you will be doing for the world . Help the needy not your ego!! We are only here for a short while on this earth . Someone will only own all of them when you pass.
David Robinson
David Robinson 4 күн мурун
cyrus138 5 күн мурун
I saw one on OfferUp and they're asking 15K but it has a 350. What's the point? lol
michael tucker
michael tucker 5 күн мурун
Hello Jay. I love me a Hudson.
Bikki Johnson
Bikki Johnson 5 күн мурун
Maybe the feature of the "step down" design, was to compensate for the low roof? Hmmm...I wonder? Anyway...Sweet ride...thanks, Jay! #jaylenosgarage #jayleno #pandemicedition #hudsonautomobiles
Airedale Snowtires Jr.
Airedale Snowtires Jr. 5 күн мурун
My dad owned one and said they really were a lot faster than you'd think. 308 ci is big for a 6 cyl even today. This version had 170 hp which isn't much by today's standards but for the time, it was astounding.... and from a 6, not an 8. The first Chrysler hemis were only 180 hp. Gorgeous car, Jay! Thanks for bringing it to us.
J.J. Hunsecker
J.J. Hunsecker 5 күн мурун
This is lovely. Thank you.
Jake Selkirk
Jake Selkirk 5 күн мурун
I love Jay's toy collection.
Indiskret1 6 күн мурун
What a beauty!
Mike C
Mike C 6 күн мурун
Dream car. Great color
Truck Talk Videos
Truck Talk Videos 6 күн мурун
One of my favourite cars...
Jay B
Jay B 6 күн мурун
Thank you, Mr. Leno for this great video. I've always admired the Hudsons of this era and it's obvious that you love your Hornet for the same reason most of us "car guys" do: for the attention to detail that went into cars like this that the average person wouldn't likely notice.
John Hlavaty
John Hlavaty 6 күн мурун
I was born in 1953, I love this car.
Stealth Mode
Stealth Mode 6 күн мурун
I was wrong you didn't say the post dictator's son you said deposed dictators son. My mistake, I will still watch your videos.
Stealth Mode
Stealth Mode 6 күн мурун
you just called Trump the post dictator, you are an idiot and obviously money is your God. I lost all respect for you. You should keep your political views to yourself because a lot of your viewers are probably Trump supporters. (best President). Good luck after Biden destroys this Country. See ya
Vlad the Impala
Vlad the Impala 6 күн мурун
The way they sit down with the floor lower than the frame, isn’t that what the customizers did in the fifties when they channeled them?
Vlad the Impala
Vlad the Impala 6 күн мурун
In the book “On The Road” by Jack Kerouac they had a 49 Hudson. He mentioned the way the body was mounted on the frame like this one is. I’ve heard people say it was the first truly modern post WWII car and most were warmed over pre war models. I thought the 49 Mercury and the 49 Buick were also modern. They were low. The Merc still had the Flathead (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but the Buick had an overhead valve straight 8 and the Nailhead V8.
Greg Bayley
Greg Bayley 6 күн мурун
I interviewed a young grad of a local Detroit engineering school. He was a mechanic for the the Dodge Brother’s car collection in Rochester MI. His GPA WAS 2.00. The company probably would not let me kite hike because of that. I told him he would be bored to death working in typical product engineering. I told him to be the best at specialized vehicle design and build. Design in your head, on the fly, torch in one hand and arc welder in the other. I told him right out of college an engine doesn’t now much. I told him he had a head start but stay on the current track but always remind your bosses you are an engineer. I told him to call me if he got stuck with a problem. I told him to make sketches of solutions. Engineers screw up words. Always have “talking paper”. I hope he made it. He was a car craftsman.
dwill123 6 күн мурун
Doc Hudson
Greg Bayley
Greg Bayley 6 күн мурун
This guy lives every boys dream that grew up in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, up state New York, New Jersey and other car building states of old. He never has to go home from work., and a staff of mechanics every time you bust something. This guy did right by somebody.
Greg Bayley
Greg Bayley 6 күн мурун
Did you hear the the door and hood open. Like Fort Knox!
Greg Bayley
Greg Bayley 6 күн мурун
Spring over shock, WOW!
morris p.
morris p. 6 күн мурун
This is the second car I recall our family having when I was very young. The first a Nash Ambassador. Dad had been in the Navy. He must have liked boats lol. He put 'curb feelers' on both. Didn't want to mess up the giant white walls. Ah yes .... the good old days. Cheers.
Chris Eastwood
Chris Eastwood 6 күн мурун
Lovely sounding engine
Clark Leach
Clark Leach 7 күн мурун
So, do you think this Hudson is easy to work on?
James Cameron
James Cameron 7 күн мурун
It would be cool to see one done up with period speed parts
James Cameron
James Cameron 7 күн мурун
Its beautiful. Such a special car thanks for sharing this
Jon Obester
Jon Obester 7 күн мурун
You got any Volvos in your collection?
Jason Arnold
Jason Arnold 7 күн мурун
Absolutely amazing automobile. I love the chrome. It’s settle, not overwhelming. I actually enjoy the Pandemic series more. More of a personal touch and not so commercialized. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate your appreciation for the designers and engineers of cars present and past.
Bruce Raykiewicz
Bruce Raykiewicz 7 күн мурун
Jay, I can't thank you enough for your videos. As an old 'gear head', I really relate to what you discuss and explain. BTW, my dad had a '35' Hudson 8, when I was very young. and, my Uncle Joe Cortorillio had a new 1948 or 1949 Hudson 4 door. I can't now remember what year or model exactly. Thank you again. Sincerely, Bruce F. Raykiewicz
David Laker
David Laker 7 күн мурун
There is a yellow-handled lever below the clock. What is it? Why did wing vents disappear? Notice that low gear was syncro as Jay rolled to a stop. Did this car come with an automatic option? Thanks Jay!
Ignacio Jessen
Ignacio Jessen 7 күн мурун
Robert Trotter
Robert Trotter 8 күн мурун
I wonder what he’s gonna do with all those cars all his cars will worth billions
James McCutcheon
James McCutcheon 8 күн мурун
I remember pumping gasoline into this Hudson, a really good car. The HH was a sporty car.
Kim Prisbrey
Kim Prisbrey 8 күн мурун
Jay!!! What a awesome car!! We love it!!!!!!
Heath van der Waerden
Heath van der Waerden 8 күн мурун
This is just lovely. Such a gem of a car from that era that doesn't generally appeal much to me.
Jared Crawford
Jared Crawford 8 күн мурун
Thanks Jay for sharing. The reviews are the closest I'll ever get to ever owning something nice. Much appreciated 🙏
hans vanden berg
hans vanden berg 8 күн мурун
Prachtig !!!!
Fred Durbin
Fred Durbin 8 күн мурун
Jay I didn’t think they built any cars in 1942/43/44/45/ 1941 was the last year for production because of the war effort, 1946 was the 1st year that automobiles were being built for the public after the war, please send me back an email if I’m not correct on this I have been into vehicles since I was a kid fldurb@yahoo.com, I would really like to meet you in person. I watch your show all the time, I really enjoy 😉 your show, but don’t forget to email me at fldurb@yahoo.com my address is 5849 Winterhaven drive Sylvania, Ohio phone number 419 885 8677 or 419 346 5476 cell #
Jay Finke
Jay Finke 8 күн мурун
The Florida pool pump motor repair guy approved ! that was good info Jay
sailing wind
sailing wind 8 күн мурун
I think that is my favorite car
Merrillizer 8 күн мурун
Love these ol' gals, Jay! Thanks, buddy! New England loves ya.
Robert O'Connor
Robert O'Connor 9 күн мурун
Thanks for the memories, Jay. I had bought an old used 1949 Hudson coupe with the Twin H carbs, It wasn't as nice as the one you're driving but was still in great shape, a no rust solid car. I think I paid $400.00 for it back around 1975. It was truly a fun car to drive. I look forward to your pandemic editions, please keep up the great work.
Peter Mattei
Peter Mattei 9 күн мурун
Whoa! With the Hornet up on the lift, I spy a Jeep CJ-2 or 3????? Do tell....
Old Seer
Old Seer 9 күн мурун
Thanks Jay.
Salman Amin
Salman Amin 9 күн мурун
when my grandfather was in the hospital for the last time before he passed away.. he was asking my brother and I about what was the best car of his times.. after several tries he told us it was the Hudson and that you rode in it like you were on a pillow.. this is why I really want to get one in a good shape one day
Paul Emmons
Paul Emmons 9 күн мурун
My Dad told a story about a Hudson Hornet called "The Blue Blur." He said he owned one. He rolled it into a ditch, it ended back on it's wheels and drove it away. He was surprised at how rugged the car was. Thanks for reminding me of my dad.
R B 9 күн мурун
Christoffski 9 күн мурун
Adore these. They look and sound so lovely
Reet Pateet
Reet Pateet 9 күн мурун
What a car........how would I like that - beautiful! Today’s cars are SO boring to look at!
bullyhys 9 күн мурун
Jay Growing up my dad had 3 hornets a brown/bronze, a 2tone blue and a green one this brings back fond memories of a more relaxed time thank you☺
Anonymous 9 күн мурун
Love 50s and 60s cars
Jessee Sirois
Jessee Sirois 9 күн мурун
Something I really love is the hood and trunk. They open and close with authority. When he popped the hood the sound it made said “IM OPEN!” When you close them, a nice solid thud. I don’t know why I enjoy that so much.
Dino Bambino
Dino Bambino 9 күн мурун
You just gotta love Jay.
Gerry Bro
Gerry Bro 10 күн мурун
It just looks fast/sleek, love the chrome, thanks for sharing! Somehow it reminds me a little of a modern day Wiesmann GT !
elmerhobbit1130 10 күн мурун
Wonderful. My Dad had a 1950 Hudson when I was a kid.
Tim VanderVeen
Tim VanderVeen 10 күн мурун
These little departures from today are just wonderful. This Hudson reminded me of the '54 Chrysler Imperial I had back in the early '60s. That had a semi-automatic and you could pop the clutch in first. I got 9 girls in there once. All from a Catholic Girls Academy. That was a big car. Thanks again Jay. Stay safe.
das 'bo:t
das 'bo:t 10 күн мурун
Love this automobile
Andy S.
Andy S. 10 күн мурун
Buick didn’t disappear, Jay. Buick is still around.
Eric Norris
Eric Norris 10 күн мурун
Cars didn't get any better than this imo they got worse honestly.
Torsee 10 күн мурун
Love the chrome steering column!
Torsee 10 күн мурун
They ran well in NASCAR! Smokey Yunick liked tweaking them!
Lee Miller
Lee Miller 10 күн мурун
I prefer the pandemic edition. More undercarriage views.
Sega Kid
Sega Kid 10 күн мурун
I like the way a cop doing his job in telling Jay they had found his car was a good guy due to the context of the bad cop who was essentially trying to steal Jay's car off him. Or they could both do their jobs and tell him they have found his car.
Mike W
Mike W 10 күн мурун
Beautiful car, love it. Knowledge and stories are always great. Thank you.
Phil Giglio
Phil Giglio 10 күн мурун
kgglobal.info/phone/ZX9hr62uy9KSg6A/video.html A synchro for 1st gear in 1953? Hell, I had a '69 mustang with no synchro on 1st gear.
Papwithanhatchet 11 күн мурун
You could eat off that engine.
olrik parlez
olrik parlez 11 күн мурун
That's a pretty thang!
Tom Turner
Tom Turner 11 күн мурун
I really love these cars and hope to own one someday. I think this is one of the few cars that actually looks even better as a four-door than as a two-door (the 1936/37 Cord is the other one.) The longer roof makes look more dramatic and sleek. I have a Mobius Hudson model kit and a Motor City Resins four-door resin conversion body waiting for its turn on the workbench. Jay mentions the lack of a V8 hurt Hudson's sales. The other thing was the styling. As cool as it looks today, this body was introduced in 1948, and by 1953 it was looking old-fashioned. The big three were introducing all-new body shells every three years (or less) in the fifties, and buyers wanted the newest latest thing. Hudson just didn't have the cash flow to keep up. The Step-downs lasted until 1954, a whopping seven years, probably the last car in America with a split windshield. The new 1955 models shared the Nash body. Buyers shrugged and went to check out the new Oldsmobile.
T Sav
T Sav 11 күн мурун
I really love when Jay videos these types of cars. Much more interesting than a super car or some 600 HP muscle car.
DoomDash 11 күн мурун
Jay Leno is the coolest guy ever.
Fred Durbin
Fred Durbin 8 күн мурун
Yes he is very down to Earth and very honest person besides super knowledgable on automobiles.
Barrie Gott
Barrie Gott 11 күн мурун
What a wonderful car.
Steve Simmons
Steve Simmons 11 күн мурун
There appears to be an electric motor near the rear of the transmission. Would that be the Starter motor? BTW, love these videos, pandemic or not. Keep it up!
ORBDOR1 10 күн мурун
My guess is that it has something to do with overdrive
Jim Plantenberg
Jim Plantenberg 11 күн мурун
Are you able to take it to Bob’s Big Boy yet?
towzone100 11 күн мурун
Love the Hudson. What a great car.
Peter Hinde
Peter Hinde 11 күн мурун
Thanks Jay great expo, my dad owned a 48 Hudson 4 door and he sat my brother and I on the big front bumper for a photo and I distinctly remember thinking hurry up........Im gonnafaaalll!!!!!! And the other thing that sticks in my mind is the smell of the leather appolstory. Beautifull!
Thatairplaneguy 11 күн мурун
There’s no such thing as too much chrome. I’m 33 but I was raised in chromed cars from the 60’s and 70’s. We weren’t poor we just had class.
mbd501 11 күн мурун
Hudson Motor Car Co. may be defunct, but its successor still lives on. Hudson was merged into AMC, which was merged into Chrysler, which was merged into FCA, which was just merged into Stellantis. So Stellantis is the modern-day successor to Hudson.
mbd501 11 күн мурун
Nice car for its era.
Myron Samila
Myron Samila 11 күн мурун
Actually, I kind of like this "pandemic format"!! Feels a lot more personal, one on one. I love hearing about the little details about the cars that I'd otherwise would never know (like the brakes on this Hudson). Lastly, this thing sounds pretty good!!! Great episode!
kevin mcguire
kevin mcguire 11 күн мурун
As far as overhauling,those pinned piston rings leave a vertical ridge in addition to the horizontal ridge at the top of the bores you don't have to deal with on other engines.
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