Old meets new in a BMW-based Hudson hot rod

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Does anyone remember a Hot Wheels in the early 2000s where you had your own garage and could separate a car’s frame from its body and basically have the shell suspended in the air as you imagined fix her bottom? Well, I was lucky to have this set, and I remember always wondering what it would be like if I could do the same thing in the real world. You know, mix and match different cases with different chassis.

Of course, with diecasts and other toy cars, it’s a walk in the park; in the real world it is much more difficult. Yet this is exactly what Matz Steenbuch did it with his 2021 ‘Supermatz’, as he likes to call it.

The 37-year-old Swede has been a huge hot rod fan for as long as he can remember dreaming of owning one. Matz wished he could experience hot rod culture in the 60s, which is kind of like me and Japan in the 90s.

I met Matz at Gatebil Mantorp earlier this summer and spent some time discussing her build as I spun her around the track a day after sessions were called off.

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Matz’s interest in all things motor started at a young age, and that passion fueled what would become his ultimate track machine – this BMW-powered Hudson Super Six.

How did we come up with the idea of ​​mixing two very different vehicles? A Ford Tudor was always on Matz’s mind for this mix, but these were never easy to come by in Scandinavia. The Hudson filled that void after Matz’s friend stumbled upon it in the woods. The other factor is that most of Matz’s friends drive BMWs, so he knew the marque’s V8s were both reliable and easily tweaked.

As it stands, the floor and everything around it came from a crashed BMW E39 540i.

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Mixing the two cars was no walk in the park, however.

The front carriage, which was the hardest part to figure out due to the geometry, had to be moved forward for the empty hull to fit and to counter the extra length at the rear. In addition, the rear part of the chassis had to be shortened. As the car doesn’t really have wheel arches, to give the impression that it is flat on the ground, the roof has been cut by 9 cm and the whole bodywork has been lowered.

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Speaking of drop, the suspension consists of custom upper wishbones with custom pushrod suspension up front, while the rear sits on 540i-ready coilovers. The 19-inch wheels are shod with Dunlop Sport Maxx RTs measuring 255/40 front and 275/35 rear.

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The star of the show is the BMW M62B44 4.4L V8 on display with a GReddy turbo. Lots of custom work has been done on the engine, and Matz says it now pumps out 523bhp and 682Nm. Most of the custom piping was done by Matz himself in order to get the exact look he was going for.

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Everything is easier said than done, however. Matz had never built a car of this magnitude before and had nothing to compare it to, so he learned as he went and mostly relied on instinct for steering.

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Everything inside the car is either new or custom made. When Matz picked up the shell in the woods northeast of Stockholm, nature had well and truly taken over and the interior had totally succumbed to the elements.

Open the doors today and you see that comfort has been thrown out the window. It wasn’t made for Sunday rides with the kids, but for maximum fun on the trail.

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Aluminum panels, a new floor, a freshly trimmed roof and a rally-inspired roll bar painted in a BMW gold tint are what you’ll find inside. The best part is that Matz also did all of this work himself.

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Matz sandblasted the entire Hudson hull early in the build, and as that required extensive rust treatment work, he left the bodywork to the professionals before it was painted in BMW Frozen Dark Grey. A custom rear diffuser was designed to accommodate the 3-inch quad exhaust from a BMW M5.

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Matz’s biggest reward from this build is all the interest it generates when he presents it at events. While filming the creation, we even had law enforcement stop by to check out the construction and pose for a photo.

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The Supermatz took four years to complete, rolling out of Matz’s garage last year, but it’s not done building custom cars. Matz now has a new project in mind involving a BMW V10 engine and a hot rod. For my part, I can’t wait to see how his ideas and skills come together for this.

Alen Haseta
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