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History of Hudson Dealerships

Due to the large amount of photos, the Dealership information has been broken into several pages. Simply click on the location that interests you to be directed to the correct portion of the allocated page. -- The first Hudsons found their way across the ocean in 1913.



Stanley Motors, Ltd., Eloff Street, Johannesburg. Hudson cars were assembled from Complete Knock Down kits here.



Hong Kong:
Mr. C. Lauritsen, Desvoux Road. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Fu Hau Motor Garage Circa 1917.

Markt Garage, 89 Rue Montauban. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.


Bombay Cycle & Motor Agency, New Queens Road. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Kandawalla & Co
Kandawalla & Co, Hughes Road, Bombay, India.

Russa Engineering Works, Ltd., No. 4 Fairlie Place. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.
Stapleton & Co, 94 Ripon Street. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

D.R. Herman & Co., Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Oakes & Co., Ltd., Motor Dept. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Motor House Co., Ltd. Mentioned in the Hudson Triangle Vol.1 No.30 of May 4, 1912.


Medan-Deli, Sumatra:
D.D. Rens, Booheen Fuchs, Medan-Deli, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915. Editor's Note: The Dutch East Indies was the Dutch colony that became modern Indonesia following World War II. [North] Sumatra is a Province of Indonesia. Deli (aka Deli Serdang) is a southeast suburb of Medan.
Java - an island of Indonesia
Batavia, Java:
D.D. Rens, Booheen Fuchs Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Samarang, Java:
D.D. Rens, Booheen Fuchs Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

Soerabaya (Surabaya?), Java:
D.D. Rens, Booheen Fuchs Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.


Iberia Garage
Iberia Garage


Singapore, Straits Settlements
Editor's Note: Singapore in the Straits Settlements refers to a period in the history of Singapore from 1826 to 1942 during which Singapore was part of the Straits Settlements together with Penang and Malacca as a result of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, which carved up the Malay archipelago between the two colonial powers. The area north of the Straits of Malacca, including Penang, Malacca, and Singapore, was designated as the British sphere of influence, while the area south of the Straits was assigned to the Dutch.

Wearne Bros., Ltd., Singapore, Straits Settlements. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.

SRI LANKA - Known as Ceylon until 1972.

Colombo, Ceylon:

Brown & Co., Ltd. Mentioned in The Hudson Triangle Vol.5 No.4 of July 24, 1915.



Australia Hudson Distributors Map

The outline map above locates the four distributors that handled the Hudson in Australia as reported in The Hudson Triangle Vol 7, No 33 on Feb 9, 1918: W. Johnson & Co, Ltd., at Perth; Motors, Ltd., at Adelaid; Kellow-Falkiner Motor Company, at Melbourne; Dalgety & Co., Ltd, at Sydney and Brisbane.


Les Burrows Motor Engineer
Les Burrows Motor Engineer, on the main street. Photo taken 10/5/1937. Burrows' car was a 'one off, with special body by Properts Body Works of Camperdown in Sydney. The body on this car was on Les' 1935 Terraplane and when Les acquired a new 1936 Hudson 8 minus the body, from Dalgety & Co., he transferred the body onto the 1936 Hudson. Clive Gibson was a teenage fan of Les Burrows in the 1930's, and Burrows sent Clive a couple of autographed photos of the Hudson. The photographs were taken in front of his garage & Hudson Dealership in the main street of Bowral (N.S.W.). This car competed in the Australian Grand Prix at Victor Harbour (S. Australia) 26 December 1936 with a DNF (did not finish). Frank Kleinig was also in this event driving the McIntyre Hudson also with a DNF - burst top radiator tank. Les won the 10-mile Championship in the Hudson at Penrith Speedway on ANZAC Day 1937 (Clive Gibson was there.) In its first form as a 1935 Terraplane, Les won the 116-mile road race at Phillip Island (Victoria) in November 1935. The Terraplane was painted green & the Hudson version was bright red. Clive Gibson owned the car in the 1960's having bought it from a University student with the idea of a rebuild , but he was very busy, just starting in business, so he sold it to a friend, Col Young from West Ryde (Sydney). He in turn sold it back to the University student & no more is known. The car was fully equipped with a nice hood, windscreen, Hudson mudguards & 6-wheel set up. It was very fast, being much lighter than a 4-door sedan - 24 cwt. Les stripped it for racing only & it was 20 cwt. Les raced Terraplanes at different times and the various cars can be confused. In 1938 (Easter) he finished second in the Australian Grand Prix at Mount Panorama, driving a 1933 Terraplane (stripped) on the dirt road surface. Les' last competition event was the 1954 Redex Around Australia Trial in a Vanguard. Burrows was also known as one of the few to race a "big car" on the Penrith Speedway.

Earlwood Motors
Earlwood Motors, 281 Homer Street.

A. W. Dye Motors LTD 177 Elizabeth St. In business during at least 1929.

Dalgety & Co, Ltd. (Distributor), 15 Bent St., Circa 1914-1939. Read Dalgety article.

Ira L. and A.C. Berk Pty Ltd., (Distributor).The Sydney Morning Herald on page 9 of Friday Dec 8, 1939 reported that, "Ira L. and A.C. Berk Pty Ltd., have been appointed distributors for Hudson products, in succession to Dalgety and Co., Ltd."

Woolloomooloo (inner-city eastern suburb of Sydney):
Dalgety & Co
Dalgety & Co., corner of Cathedral & Riley. DKW, Hudson & Wolseley car showrooms circa 1938. Prior to 1938, Dalgety had 2 small showrooms: one on Phillip Street & the other on Elizabeth Street, central business district of Sydney. In 1940 Dalgety sold the Auto business to Ira Berk Pty Ltd. Dalgety also had an assembly plant at McElhone Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney from the late 1920's until they sold in 1940.


The Courier-Mail (Brisbane,Queensland) Tuesday 10 July 1934, page 6:
"HUDSON—TERRAPLANE EXPORTS - Exports from America of Terraplane and Hudson cars are closely paralleling the huge increase of sales in that country. During the period from January 1 to April 15 there has been an increase of 260 per cent, as compared with the same period for 1933 export business."
Leader Motors, Limited, 415 Adelaide Street. Circa 1925-1926?.

McGhie Motor Co
McGhie Motor Co., 235-241 Adelaide Street. In business from at least 1912-1913. The McGhie Motor Company, 'motor engineers and importers', were situated near the Gresham Hotel. (Information taken from Queensland Post Office Directory (1910-1911). In 1912 they were agents for FIAT, Sunbeam, Delage, Hotchkiss, Hudson, Itala and Clement Bayard motor cars, Douglas and LMC motor cycles and Smith's speedometers. Alternate address on Grey St. at some point?

McIntosh Motors, Pty., Ltd., 219-221 Adelaide St. Circa 1929-1938. Click here for more information on this dealership.


Motors Limited
Motors Ltd., North side of Gilbert Street, 63 yards east of Norman Street. Photo from April 22nd, 1924, showing the recently completed premises of Motors Limited,erected between August 1923 and April 1924. The firm advertises Hudson and Essex cars and Karrier & Guy lorries. Previous address of 44 Flinders, circa 1918. (Still in business as of November 1953 at the Gilbert Street location, but no mention of car brands sold at that time.)


Kellow-Falkiner & Co., Collins St, Circa 1918.

Neal's Motors Pty. Ltd.
Neal's Motors Pty., Ltd., Exhibition St. IN business from at least 1929-1938. Photo shows two 1929 letters on Neal's Motors letterhead with address of 140 -144 Exhibition St. in Melbourne written to gentleman in Geelong who had purchased an Essex. Other address have appeared for this dealership as 222 Exhibition St. and Unknown Elizabeth St. in unknown years. The Argus [Melborne paper] reported on Tuesday 3 April 1934, page 4 in an article titled "Spares for Hudson and Terraplane" that, "Neal's Motors Pty. Ltd, distributors of Hudson and Essex Terraplane cars in Victoria, state that the Hudson Motor-car Company has established a new department, which will ensure the prompt despatch of adequate supplies of parts for each new model of these cars. This will be of considerable assistance to overseas distributors."


Mortlock Bros., Mentioned in The West Australian on page 6 of Thursday May 28, 1936 as "the local agents for Hudson Terraplane cars."

W. Johnson & Co, Ltd., circa 1918.


Gisborne, New Zealand

H.S. Motors LTD
H.S. Motors LTD, Grey St.

Nelson, New Zealand

W.G. Vining, Ltd., Bridge & Hardy Sts. In business from 1912-1930. Click here to read article.

Wellington?, New Zealand

Cameron & MacDonald
At 489? Lower Brandon St.?

Cameron & MacDonald

Kent Tce, Wellington

Dominion Motors were the main dealers and had branches throughout New Zealand.

Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand

New Zealand
H.J. Jones Co. in Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand. Established 1913.



Max Deesz
Max Deesz: Cilvilingenieur Max Deesz welcomed at the factory by Expert Manager John A. Git. Photo featured in The Hudson Triangle Vol.1 No.27 of April 13, 1912. Location of Max Deesz dealEership believed to be in Berlin and/or Dusseldorf.


1929 Ad. Queen Wilhelma of The Netherlands was a major stockholder in Hudson Motor Car Co. Back in time they did not diversify as they do today. She was entertained by the A.E. Barits in their home when she visited the U.S. in the 1950s. As you can read in the following article link the Kinsmans were her carriage builders and later a Hudson Essex dealer. Maybe this got her to invest in Hudson.Click here for more history!


E.S.T. Cole, 25 High Street, Malmesbury, UK (NE of Bristol). EST (Stuart) Cole had been a fighter pilot in the first world war and then came to Malmesbury. In business during at least 1925. His son, Dick, continued the business still selling petrol in 1960s. He sold out to the Hyams in the mid 1970s; they still run the business.



Courtesy Garage Distributor for Hudson and Essex motor cars. Founded in the 1920s by Louis B. Eckstein. At the time, the Garage was located at Park House, on the corner of White Park Road and Walrond Street, in Bridgetown. Click here for more history!


Angel A. Diez. Mentioned as a new dealer in The Hudson Triangle Vol.3 No.41 of April 11, 1914.


J. Sutton-Brown
J. Sutton-Brown. Photo features the Gararge and Repair Shop of John Sutton-Brown, Hudson Dealer at Kingston, Jamaica, being inspected by factory representative Frank Lamkin. This was featured in the Hudson Trianlge Vol.1 No.30 of May 4, 1912. In 1913 John SB became a widower as his wife died of an acute mastoid infection despite being hospitalized in New York (this was before antibiotics). John was left with four kids, Alex then 13 (born December 1899), Don then about 10, Hunter about four and Gerald a baby. It's possible that the Hudson dealership suffered as a result, as the descending family wasn't even aware that a Hudson dealership had been owned.



Buenos Aires:
Pratt & Co. Circa 1913, Dealer Name: Don Vermuellen, taken over by Billiet & Cia in 1914. Pratt & Co is found under Importers General in a 1903 edition of Kelly's Merchants and Manufacturers of the World as well as a 1914-1915 edition of Machinery, reported as a reputable firm handling many lines of goods "made in U.S.A".

Buenos Aires:
Buton, Guilayn & Co, dealers in Hudson & Essex, Maxwell, & Duesenberg, circa 1920.


Herman Angulo



Unknown Dealership, 1913.


Herman Ferber

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