2013 Eyes On Design Load Out
Part 1

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This video gives you a good idea of the variety of cars that you’ll see at the Eyes On Design show. One of the featured categories of the show this year was custom cars and there were a number of award winning, top level customs on display including John Mayer’s 1935 Ford Phaeton that he calls “Fearless”. It may look familiar since we featured that car when it was one of the Detroit Autorama’s “Great 8” finalists for that show’s prestigious Ridler Award. From a custom to a classic, following Fearless out of the show grounds was a prewar classic, a 1936 Cadillac 8-75 Fleetwood convertible sedan. After the prewar Caddy, there was an example of one of the reasons why Detroit car shows are special, you can see one-offs, engineering cars and even an occasional prototype which is what this 1954 Hudson Jet convertible was. In theory the Jet was a good idea, a compact car, but by the time Hudson chief A.E. Barit got done with it, the Jet was hardly as sleek as its name. Stodgy rather than sporty, it was a sales failure and an economic drain on a company that couldn’t afford it. After Hudson merged with Nash, since Nash (and George Romney, who headed the joint company after George Mason’s sudden death) championed its own compact Rambler, the Jet ceased production. The Jet convertible prototype is somewhat ironic in that when Nash introduced the compact Rambler in 1950, the first model available was a landau convertible.

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