A piece of Art
Sydney Mines man will bring his 1949 Hudson Businessman’s Coupe to Sunday’s car show
Classic car collector Art Jackson proud of 1949 Hudson Businessman’s Coupe.
People buy classic cars for assorted reasons.
For some it’s a way to keep the past alive and for others it’s a love of vehicles that are unencumbered by gadgets and gizmos.
For Art Jackson, it’s about family and friendship.
“I loved old cars, my wife Melva loved old cars, and we passed that on to our son.”
His voice lowers as he talks lovingly of his wife Melva who died on July 5, 2014.
“For us it was a fun way to spend time together on the weekends, showing off our car and making lasting friendships.”
Jackson, who worked with the Nova Scotia Commission on Drug Dependency as a counsellor attendant, had a variety of classic cars over the years including a 1966 Dodge Charger which he gave to his son Allan when he graduated from university, and a 1962 Ford Galaxie Hardtop.
In 1991, he traded the Ford Galaxie for a 1949 Hudson Businessman’s Coupe, which a friend suitably named “A piece of Art.”
“I don’t believe there are any numbers on how many were made, but I think you’d be hardpressed to find a 1949 Hudson Businesman’s Coupe. “
He added that there are other Hudson models from 1949 including the Super 6, Commodore 6, Super 8 and Commodore 8.
“The coupe seats three. There’s no backseat. In the back there is a space so salesmen could put their cases in behind, samples and the like,” he said. “These were the days before computers. There are two spotlights on the front by the windshield that I imagine were for reading paperwork. It was also referred to as a Doctor’s Coupe.”
Jackson, who will be showing his coupe in the 27th annual Show N’ Shine car show on Sunday at the Cape Breton Exhibition Grounds, said when he got the car, it was in good condition.
He’s worked to keep it that way over the years.
“I’ve always loved old cars. When you go to car shows you are in amongst people that have the same interests,” he said. “We often travelled to shows in a group in case anyone had car trouble. Often three to six cars together, so over the years you made lasting friendships.”
Although he doesn’t focus on winning, Jackson has a collection of trophies and plaques on the walls of his garage. He plans to continue to show as long as his health allows.
Looking back, he said there was a car show almost every weekend.
“It was a great way to spend time as a family. We’d pack up the car and off we’d go,” he said. “Allan stopped going with us when he got older, which most kids do. But, if I wasn’t working Melva and I loved to travel to shows all over the province and beyond.”
He stores the car for the winter, but the rest of the year does- n’t hesitate to take it out on the road.
Since he got the businessman’s coupe over two decades ago, there were only three years he didn’t take it over the Cabot Trail.
“If you have a classic or antique car, they have to maintained or like anything else, they will deteriorate.”
He is quick to point out that Hudsons of varying styles were used in Nascar racing.
“I really love the lines, its durability and performance. It has two carburetors, standard steering and standard transmission. When you open the hood, all the parts are right there,” he said. “It isn’t like cars today where everything is hidden. In these old cars you can see the sparkplugs, distributor cap, coil, starter — the whole works.”
Often nowadays it can be difficult to tell one make of a car from another.
“You can’t pick them out like you used to, you have to look at the nameplate to see the make,” he said. “I remember when Allan was a child sitting in the backseat and I’d ask him to identify a car. Without hesitation he would rhyme off the year and model.”
Art Jackson of Sydney Mines never hesitates to take his 1949 Hudson Businessman’s Coupe out on the road. One of his next stops will be the annual Show N’ Shine Sunday at the Cape Breton Exhibition in North Sydney.
The 1949 Hudson Businessman’s Coupe seats three, but doesn’t come equipped with a backseat.
The 1949 Hudson Businessman’s Coupe has two carburetors and most of the engine and parts are easily accessible.
The dashboard of a 1949 Hudson Businessman’s Coupe.