Junkyard Gem: 1937 Hudson Terraplane

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Berlin businesswoman Heidi Hetzer, celebrated for driving around world, dies

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Father gets dream ’53 Hudson Hornet from family, we get something in our eye

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1953 Hudson Hornet


Cars and stories go hand in hand for we enthusiasts. Most of us have that car, the one that we can trace our automotive enthusiasm back to. Moreover, for many of us, those vehicles were encountered in one impossible-to-replicate set of circumstances that made the entire experience that much more special.

For Dr. Larry Benson, his car was a 1953 Hudson Hornet. That car set off a lifelong enthusiasm for cars that inspired his son, Aaron, to scrounge through Craigslist and eBay Motors in an attempt to dig up one of the rare sedans.

Well, Aaron was successful, and setup an elaborate plan to deliver the car to his dad. Naturally, it was all caught on video. Take a look below.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we need to figure out why it's so damn dusty in here.

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Father gets dream ’53 Hudson Hornet from family, we get something in our eye

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1953 Hudson Hornet


Cars and stories go hand in hand for we enthusiasts. Most of us have that car, the one that we can trace our automotive enthusiasm back to. Moreover, for many of us, those vehicles were encountered in one impossible-to-replicate set of circumstances that made the entire experience that much more special.

For Dr. Larry Benson, his car was a 1953 Hudson Hornet. That car set off a lifelong enthusiasm for cars that inspired his son, Aaron, to scrounge through Craigslist and eBay Motors in an attempt to dig up one of the rare sedans.

Well, Aaron was successful, and setup an elaborate plan to deliver the car to his dad. Naturally, it was all caught on video. Take a look below.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we need to figure out why it's so damn dusty in here.

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South Dakota dealer filled to brim with classic cars

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1956 Hudson Rambler Custom Wagon

Other than the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Mount Rushmore, South Dakota isn't generally a hot topic, but that just means that cool stuff can hide in the open waiting to be discovered. Case in point: the classic car dealer Frankman Motor Company that operates three locations in Sioux Falls, SD.

Unearthed by the folks at Bring a Trailer, Frankman is a treasure trove of vintage, American iron. Their collection is full of the type of vehicles your irresponsible but cool uncle would show up with when you were a kid. Even better, these cars are priced at a level a working man can afford.

1956 Cadillac Deville Hard TopIf you are lusting about a cruiser then Frankman has a 1956 Cadillac Deville Hard Top Sedan (pictured right) with 82,896 miles for $12,975. It's painted a color called Cascade Grey, but looks more like a pastel purple in pictures. While it needs some repairs to the accessories, the Caddy runs and drives, which is all you really need.

For a dose of performance in your classic, Frankman has a 1970 Dodge Dart that packs a 340-cubic-inch (5.6-liter) V8 and lime green paint for $25,875. It claims that it has 200 miles since a recent restoration and comes with the original build sheet.

Maybe you want to have the weirdest car on your block. In that case, the there is a rare 1956 Hudson Rambler Custom Wagon (pictured above) for $26,875. Its combination of mint green and white two-tone paint and oddly shaped rear is going to grab everyone's attention. Plus, it has also recently been restored.

It's really worth checking out the dealer's whole collection, and it's heartening to know that you don't have to be a millionaire to afford a fun, drivable classic.

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Mario Andretti reunited with first racecar in touching GT6 video

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Mario Andretti 1948 Hudson

A few weeks back, we gave you a taste of Gran Turismo's First Love video series. It chronicled the efforts to rebuild a 1948 Hudson, just like the first race car of Mario Andretti. That piece was seriously cool and entertaining, but this latest video is even better.

This is the reunion of Andretti and the Hudson, with the car being as close to Andretti's original steed as possible. It wears the red paint, white racing stripes and chain to hold the driver's door closed, while a number of other details are enough to stir memories in the old racer. Naturally, Andretti needed to take the old beast out for a spin on a dirt track.

Of course, there is some marketing stuff to get through before moving to the sentimental part. Polyphony Digital's GT team details its process of recording cars like the Hudson that will end up being rendered in the game. Each vehicle is subject to photos from nearly every angle, and is then three-dimensionally scanned. As we mentioned in our last piece about this series, gamers will be able to drive Andretti's Hudson in Gran Turismo 6. Take a look below to watch the entire video, it's worth it.

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Gran Turismo 6 team rebuilds Mario Andretti’s first racecar

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Gran Turismo 6 First Love

Gran Turismo 6 hits the shelves today, y'all. Unless you're waiting for Santa to stuff a copy in your stocking (or have been embargoed from buying video games until after the holidays by well-meaning loved ones), you should probably go out an pick up a copy of The Real Driving Simulator's latest iteration. We're in the process of reviewing the title right now... stay tuned for more on that next week.

In a particularly cool, and beautifully shot piece of marketing for the launch of GT6, the team at Polyphony Digital has also started this First Love video and live-streaming series. At its heart is the 1948 Hudson you see above, the very first racing car of none other than Mario Andretti.

Gran Turismo is paying tribute to Andretti's amazing career in a couple of very cool ways here. To start, it's restoring the Hudson - live and for all the world to see. You can scroll below to watch the time-lapse video of the first two days of the build, or click through to the live-streaming page to follow along with the project. On December 16, we can expect the long-awaited reunion between the Hudson and its storied driver, too.

Cooler still, from the gaming perspective, the Gran Turismo 6 team will be scanning the Hudson digitally and creating a drivable version of it, available via free download, in the game itself. The Andretti Hudson should prove a welcome diversion, in much the same way driving the Goodwood Revival Hillclimb and in the Lunar Rover have so far... but we're getting ahead of ourselves.

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Gran Turismo 6 team rebuilds Mario Andretti’s first racecar

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Gran Turismo 6 First Love

Gran Turismo 6 hits the shelves today, y'all. Unless you're waiting for Santa to stuff a copy in your stocking (or have been embargoed from buying video games until after the holidays by well-meaning loved ones), you should probably go out an pick up a copy of The Real Driving Simulator's latest iteration. We're in the process of reviewing the title right now... stay tuned for more on that next week.

In a particularly cool, and beautifully shot piece of marketing for the launch of GT6, the team at Polyphony Digital has also started this First Love video and live-streaming series. At its heart is the 1948 Hudson you see above, the very first racing car of none other than Mario Andretti.

Gran Turismo is paying tribute to Andretti's amazing career in a couple of very cool ways here. To start, it's restoring the Hudson - live and for all the world to see. You can scroll below to watch the time-lapse video of the first two days of the build, or click through to the live-streaming page to follow along with the project. On December 16, we can expect the long-awaited reunion between the Hudson and its storied driver, too.

Cooler still, from the gaming perspective, the Gran Turismo 6 team will be scanning the Hudson digitally and creating a drivable version of it, available via free download, in the game itself. The Andretti Hudson should prove a welcome diversion, in much the same way driving the Goodwood Revival Hillclimb and in the Lunar Rover have so far... but we're getting ahead of ourselves.

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