Car: Hudson Hornet Coupe
What makes it special: Introduced for the 1951 model year, the Hornet was based on Hudson's "step-down" design, merging body and chassis frame into a single structure, with the floor pan recessed between the car's chassis rails instead of sitting on top of them, so you actually "stepped down" into a Hudson. For the 1954 model year, the model underwent a major square-lined redesign, with extensive retooling because of the way the step-down frame wrapped around the passenger compartment. A simpler grille, a functional Hood Scoop, a new one-piece curved windshield, period-typical fender chrome accents, and the formerly sloped rear end now squared off being some of those changes. The front to rear fender line was styled to make the car look longer and its taillights were also redesigned.