In 1951, Hudson introduced the Hornet, a full-size sedan with an affordable price and a few interesting features. First was the sleek design with the sloping roofline that made the Hornet look longer, wider and sportier. The second was the all-new “step down” construction that merged the chassis and body in one structure. This type of construction helped the Hornet achieve a lower center of gravity for better handling. And finally, the third important feature was the updated straight eight-cylinder engine with 308 CID and up to 170 HP on tap.