Lot 281 - 1929 Hudson Essex Super Six Doctors Coupé

Lot 281 - 1929 Hudson Essex Super Six Doctors Coupé

Lot 281 - 1929 Hudson Essex Super Six Doctors Coupé

Lot Number 281
Registration BF4843
Chassis Number G61029
Engine Number 1220839
Odometer reading 43,209 miles
Estimate £16,000 - £19,000

The name 'Hudson' came from Joseph L. Hudson, a Detroit department store entrepreneur and founder of Hudson's department store, who provided the necessary capital and gave permission for the company to be named after him. A total of eight Detroit businessmen formed the company on February 20, 1909,to produce a car which would sell for less than $1,000. The company quickly started production with the first car driven out of a small factory in Detroit on July 3, 1909.

The new Hudson 'Twenty' was one of the first low-priced cars on the American market and very successful with more than 4,000 sold within the first year. The company had a number of firsts including dual brakes, the use of dashboard oil-pressure and generator warning lights and the first balanced crankshaft which allowed the Hudson straight-six engine, dubbed the 'Super Six', to work at a higher rotational speed while remaining smooth and developing more power for its size than lower-speed engines. At their peak in 1929, Hudson and Essex produced a combined 300,000 cars in one year including contributions from Hudson's other factories in Belgium and England; indeed a factory had been built in 1925 in the leafy borough of Brentford in London.

In 1919, Hudson introduced the Essex brand, designed to compete with Ford and Chevrolet as opposed to the more up-scale Hudson line. The Essex found great success by offering one of the first affordable sedans and combined Hudson and Essex sales moved from seventh in the US to an amazing third by 1925.

The example presented here today has spent a large portion of its life in the southern hemisphere. Cars originating from Australia have a good reputation for quality and condition; both of which, this Essex has in spades. Totally original, the vendor describes this car as "a joy to drive". There is a dickey seat to the rear and all panels, running boards and interior are in sound condition throughout. Also included are a number of spares, the owner's manuals and a full MoT test certificate. A realistically priced and pretty doctor's coupé.

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