Some short-lived car models are the result of poor consumer demand, some are morphed into other styles, and still others suffer the demise of the very company that created them. During the early 1950s, Hudson Motor Company was beginning to struggle to compete with bigger auto companies like Ford and Chrysler. When the Hudson Wasp debuted in 1952, it was largely based on the Hudson Pacemaker. It came as a two or four-door sedan, convertible, or two-door hard top.
In its sophomore production year, 1953, there were 21,876 units built, and by the next year, that number was down to just 17,792. Hudson Motor Company was slowly losing control of its models, and the Wasp was handed over to the new American Motor Corporation (AMC) for its final years. From then on, the Wasps would retain Hudson styling, but were based more closely on Nash models from the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. Sales dropped as buyers became critical of the new models, feeling they were not consistent with the Hudson cars they knew and loved.
AMC executives then decided a makeover was in order for the 1956 model year, but things did not go as well as they had hoped. It seemed the designer got a little carried away with the V-Line Styling that had been something of a trademark for Hudson vehicles. Sales dropped to just over 2,000 units. Shortly thereafter, at the end of the 1957 model year, Hudson as a brand was no more.
This classic car went as quickly as it had arrived and it faded into the distant memory of the most avid Hudson fans.