=History and Art at "Cookie Heights" Parson Street=(1926)
Wednesday, August 3
1929 Essex Boat-tail Speedabout--One of Three in Existence
'The Essex Motor car company produced, small affordable automobiles. It had been created by the Hudson motor car company for the purpose of creating a smaller version of its super six.
The first Essex was shown in 1919 after it had been delayed due to World War 1. The vehicle great quality, durability, and vibration free four cylinder motor made an instant success. Over the years sales continued to escalate and propelled the Hudson motor car company in third place in overall sales for 1929.
Essex introduced their first value-priced Essex six in 1924, and for 1927 Essex offered the first 2 passenger speedabout. It had a distant design, interior Leather and special gear ratio. The lightweight construction and aerodynamic design gave the speedabout a top speed in the neighborhood of 70mph.
Essex did not offer the speedabout in 1927 but it did reappear in 1929, with just 5 known examples built. Biddle and Smart coachwork of Amesbury, Mass supplied the aluminum bodies, which include a rumble seat. Special gear ratios were fitted along with overdrive, the speed about was now capable of 80 mph.
The Speedabouts’ were reportedly only built as show cars by Hudson, primarily to test feasibility for eventual volume production.
This speedabout Boat-tail Roadster was given a body off restoration with no expense spared, which the Guild of Automotive restores completed in 2002 for one of its executives. A mechanical rebuild of all its components was part of the process.
The engine is a L-Head 6 Cyl 161cubic inch which produces 55 hp. There is a 3 speed sliding gear transmission plus overdrive and four wheel mechanical brakes.
Only 5 examples are known to be built and only 3 has survived one is in the Ex-Harrahs Collection in Reno, one is in a private collection in Indiana and this one is owned by The San Diego Collection.
For a small wheelbase car to have such a beautiful Boattial design is truly unique, most often you will only find a Boattail in much larger Packard, Auburn,Duesenberg automobiles. Far ahead of the Auburn Boattails, these Hudson show cars led the way for the Elegant take over of the 30's American Cars. This is a rare oprotunity to own a Stunning and Rare Automobile the other 2 are not for sale and this example is in mint condition.'