Lot 394 - 1929 Hudson Essex Super Six Coupé
|Odometer reading||81,162 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £15,000|
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. Production followed quickly with the first car being driven out of the 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 during 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. 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. 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 Brentford, London.
This 1931 Hudson Essex Super Six saloon was imported and registered in Belgium in 1994 after being restored to the highest of standards in the USA, in the early 1990's. Finished in tan over brown with light brown patterned cloth interior, the car requires some cosmetic work to bring it back to its former glory although we are informed by the vendor that this Hudson Essex is in very good mechanical order and runs and drives well. The car is supplied with the Belgium registration document.
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