The January/February issue of Vintage Truck magazine will be available in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands soon. Our cover story about a 1937 Hudson Terraplane was written by Candace Brown and photographed by Al Rogers.
For a 14-year-old boy growing up on a farm in LaGrange County, Indiana, during the Great Depression, exposure to a new 1936 Hudson automobile became a life-altering event. The boy was Eldon Hostetler, and the car belonged to a young man helping his father harvest corn on the family farm.
The optional Bendix “Electric Hand” remote control shifting mechanism on the steering column especially fascinated Hostetler. He promised himself he would own an identical Hudson one day, and he did. In fact, the passion inspired by that first impression led him to build what has grown into the largest collection of Hudson Motor Car Co. products in the world. (Hudson brands included Dover, Essex, Railton, and Terraplane.)
One of the most interesting pieces in the collection is a rare 1937 Hudson Terraplane 3/4-ton pickup truck Hostetler bought in 1986 through a phone-in bid to an auction in Texas. It now belongs to the Hostetler Hudson Auto Museum, located at the Shipshewana Event Center in Shipshewana, Indiana. Hostetler’s generosity made possible the establishment of this museum in 2005. He donated not only his collection, but also the land and building to house it and an endowment fund to keep it going. When he died in 2016, at the age of 93, he knew his treasured vehicles would be on public display, preserving an important part of American automotive history. His son, J.R. Hostetler, manages this legacy today.
To read more about the 1937 Hudson Terraplane, pick up a copy of the January/February issue of Vintage Truck magazine!
Other articles in this issue include:
- West Rock Wagon and Auto Works - This custom bodybuilder thrived for 123 years in Connecticut! (by Patrick Foster)
- A Brief Cameo - Thomas Tiernan’s 1956 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier Pickup (by Bill Holder, photos by Phil Kunz)
- Good Looks that Pay - This 1937 Hudson Terraplane was the ideal town truck! (by Candace Brown, photos by Al Rogers)
- Designed for Delivery - Vintage Truck visits a Gilmore Car Museum exhibit focused on early American haulers.
- Family Friend for Four Decades! - Leo A. Oligmeuller’s 1947 Dodge (Ray Hoffman’s Interview with Leo Oligmeuller)
- Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) Trucks - These compact trucks were Canada’s greatest contribution to the Allied victory in World War II! (by Bill Siuru)
- Delivery Designs: Latched, Locked, and Hinged with Hansen Hardware (Pete Costisick)
- Granny Gear: The Teflon Don (Ted Kalvitis)
- For Ford Fans: 1967 F-100 Ford (Ray Hoffman)
- Chevy Talk: 1969 GMC Panel Truck (F. Lynn Griffith)
- Tech Tips: Nature's Own (Ted Kalvitis, photos by Emily Erekaife)
- The Road Less Traveled: Wilcox Trux (B. Mitchell Carlson)
- Notes from the Corrosion Lab: What Speedy Can Teach You