1929 Essex Super Six Saloon  Chassis no. 999376 Engine no. 1070236

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Lot 228
1929 Essex Super Six Saloon
Chassis no. 999376 Engine no. 1070236

€ 8,000 - 10,000
US$ 9,400 - 12,000
1929 Essex Super Six Saloon
Coachwork by Essex

Chassis no. 999376
Engine no. 1070236
Introduced as a lower-priced companion to the parent Hudson marque in 1919, the Essex soon became synonymous with both high performance and reliability when an example 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 - 2.1 litres capacity, before being enlarged to 2.4 litres part way through the year. Renamed 'Super Six' for 1927, the Essex gained a larger (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.

This Essex Super Six with four-light saloon coachwork has been in Italy its entire life. Finished in cream with beige cloth interior, the latter nicely trimmed and featuring grab cords to the rear, the car is presented in apparently good condition (although with non-original wheels) and is offered with Italian registration.

Lancée en 1919 comme l'alternative plus économique à la marque mère Hudson, l'Essex devient rapidement synonyme de hautes performances. Et lorsqu'un modèle atteindra la vitesse moyenne de 96 km/h pendant 50 heures en décembre 1919 (une performance que l'entreprise reproduira en 1920 avec un voyage à quatre voitures à travers le continent), la marque deviendra également synonyme de fiabilité. Essex est pionnier dans les voitures à bas prix aux Etats-Unis et, en 1924, fera même évoluer ses moteurs de 4 à 6 cylindres.

L'Essex Super Six présentée ici roule en Italie depuis sa sortie d'usine. Carrosserie crème avec intérieur en tissu beige joliment garni et pourvu à l'arrière de poignées en corde, la voiture est proposée en bon état apparent et avec son immatriculation italienne.
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