1927 Hudson Housecar

Sometimes we get some pretty cool cars in our shop at Matney’s Upholstery Plus but this one is EXTRA special to us. It’s a 1927 Hudson Housecar. It would be compared to a Prevost in the ’30s for sure. Only the ultra wealthy could afford such a luxurious camper. All handmade and in excellent condition.  And get this…it has an ALUMINUM BODY! The original upholstery, curtains, and mattress covers are intact.  When you sit in the driver’s seat and lay your hands on that incredible walnut steering wheel you can feel the vibrations of the rough road under your tires as you drive into Yosemite Valley for an adventure of a lifetime.   It has a pop-up top to allow you to stand in it while camping, two fold-down beds, a freshwater holding tank in the dash with a faucet, a built-in secretary/glove box above the holding tank, interior lighting, a radio with the antenna running through the slated roof panels, upper windows with screens for ventilation, a lower vent that looks like it was made out of mailbox slot, and too many hidden compartments to list. On the outside, there is a food storage box with fold out table, an icebox, and more storage compartments. There are hooks, straps, and all sorts of hold down hardware that have unknown uses but you know they all had a specific purpose. It’s hard to imagine traveling in the late ’20s, early ’30s down dirt roads and never seeing another car for days. My how the world and times have changed in 88 years.

Dan made a new top out of the original style top material, installed the same type of wool square weave carpet that it had originally and a close match to the original vinyl mat material in the front.  It actually has four seats but the owner chose to leave two out for better viewing. He will be taking it to Colorado in August to a Hudson Show and has been collecting vintage camping and travel items to stage it with.  I’m sure it will be the talk of the show!

For those of us who love vintage campers….. this is where it all started!

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5 thoughts on “1927 Hudson Housecar

  1. Debi Rich

    That is amazing! I’ve never seen one like it! Just curious if the owner is going to paint it or leave “as is”?
    It’s great either way. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Hi Debi!
      Good to hear from you! I don’t think he has any plans to paint it. He wanted to keep it as original as possible but in good repair. Hope to see you guys this fall!


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