Mr. Volante was a race car driver hobbyist, and he built the car between the years 1949 and 1956. "The frame and engine are that of a 1941 Hudson Super Six," Christina Volante told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020 about her dad's old custom. "Some of the parts, such as the engine and transmission, are original to the 1941 but many of the mechanical and alternate design parts were adapted and redesigned from many other cars of that era and past years."
The body style was designed and modified from the original Super Six. Enzo removed the roof and extended the trunk area to give the car a roadster design. The hood profile was lowered, and the grill modified to fit his new design. "The doors are opened by the electrical switches you see at the top of the dashboard. The doors are designed to remain in place if the car is in operation." Inside, the interior panels were hand-embroidered by Mr. Volante himself.
Once the build was completed, Enzo and his wife drove from Brooklyn NY to Florida to celebrate the accomplishment. Christina was told there were many times they had to take shelter under overpasses to avoid rainstorms.
America's 75 Top Customs of 1957
In August of 1957, shortly after the completion of his project, the Volante took Eleventh place in the America's 75 Top Customs entries of Rod Builder & Customizer magazine, which included customized cars from across the nation. "Few people have ever seen the sleek, sport car lines, buried in the boxlike body of a '41 Hudson sedan," the story stated, adding that Enzo had the imagination to rework his Hudson into a prize winner.
The car remained garaged between the years 1960 and 1986. The first light restoration began in 1986 and it was driven to a few shows until 2006. "From 2006 until present the car remained garaged again," according to Christina, who in 2020 could info that a complete restoration was in progress, and should be completed by years end.
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