This post deals with the last model year for Hudson cars, 1957. The Wikipedia history of Hudson before the company was merged with Nash into American Motors (in 1954) is here, and the entry on American Motors is here.
Hudson was the junior partner in the merger, so the Nash people, now in charge, had to keep the Hudson brand alive for a while, probably for contractual reasons. The Hudson bodies dating from the 1948 model year were abandoned, and Hudsons became facelifted Nashes on a basic design dating to the 1952 model year. The 1955 Hudsons weren't very attractive, but were not awful, either. For 1956, splashes of metal and three-color paint jobs entered the Hudson styling scene, and these characteristics were made even more definite for 1957, the last year for both Hudson and Nash. Let's take a look at some '57 Hudson hardtop convertibles:
Why all those Vs? It's because Hudson, starting with its first 1910 models, featured a triangle as its symbol. Those Vs on the 1957s are not triangles, but evoke them, perhaps an early example of postmodernist decay.