8899 Beverly BL 501, Los Angeles, California. This was Steve McQueen’s address when he bought one of the approximately 700 Hudson Custom Commodore Six Convertibles manufactured in 1950. He loved the car, keeping it until his death, from asbestos-related lung cancer, in 1980.
McQueen wasn’t just a Porsche and Ferrari enthusiast; he was also a great lover of Hudsons, purchasing four in all over the years. This example, still largely original, is accompanied by its vehicle registration document, which shows McQueen as the owner. Initially powered by a six-cylinder engine with a single carburetor, McQueen subsequently had it upgraded with the larger high-compression six-cylinder engine equipped with the Twin H-Power (dual carb) system. This is hardly surprising given how passionately the ‘King of Cool’ loved both speed and engines.
On the death of the Hollywood legend, his Commodore was sold to a friend. For a long time, it was left parked in a warehouse in San Bernardino (CA). It remains in largely original condition, even though, at some point, someone decided to repaint the lower part of its bodywork in a dark gold/brown combination. However, this modification only adds to the charm of this seductive model.