1928 Essex Super Six Phaeton  Chassis no. 927269

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Lot 528
1928 Essex Super Six Phaeton
Registration no. EL 1602 Chassis no. 927269

£ 7,000 - 9,000
US$ 9,700 - 12,000
1928 Essex Super Six Phaeton
Registration no. EL 1602
Chassis no. 927269
Introduced as a lower-priced companion to the parent Hudson marque in 1919, the first Essex was powered by a four-cylinder, inlet-over-exhaust engine displacing 180cu in (2.9 litres) and producing a class-leading 55bhp. The name soon became synonymous with both high performance and reliability when an Essex averaged over 60mph for 50 hours in December 1919, a stunt which the company followed up by a successful four-car transcontinental trek in 1920. Essex pioneered low-cost closed coachwork in the United States, its four-seater sedan being only slightly more expensive than the tourer in 1922, and marginally cheaper by 1925. Essex's big news for 1924 was the switch from four to six cylinders. The new sidevalve power unit started life at an unusually small - for the United States - 130cu in (2.1 litres) capacity, before being enlarged to 144.5cu in (2.4 litres) part way through the year. Renamed 'Super Six' for 1927, the Essex gained a larger (153.2cu in, 2.5-litre) and more powerful engine that year and four-wheel Bendix mechanical brakes the year after. Stylistically, the Essex looked broadly similar to its Hudson parent, albeit on a smaller scale. Essex was renamed Terraplane for the 1933 season and continued in production until 1939 when its parent company abolished the marque, introducing the Hudson Pacemaker as a de facto replacement for the Terraplane.
The vendor advises us that this righthand-drive, phaeton-bodied example spent most of its life in Australia before being imported into the UK, it is believed, around 12-15 years ago. Some 3,000-or-so miles have been covered since a professional engine rebuild undertaken some years ago, and the vehicle is reported as in generally good condition, running and driving very well. Finished in green with brown Rexene upholstery, it is offered with old-style logbook, Swansea V5 registration document and fresh MoT.
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