This Essex Super Six is said to be a museum-quality restoration in black with wine accents. A total of $46k was spent on the restoration of the car, but the seller does not mention when the work was completed. However, we know the work wasn’t done to original specification. Stainless bolts, nuts, exhaust and running boards replaced the original steel pieces. Top to bottom, the seller says it’s “better than new.”
These cars were built strong. A 1919 model drove 50 hours, averaging over 60 mph, in an endurance test. The company had just started producing cars with the 1919 model year. Essex was a wholly owned division, then just one car model, under Hudson Motor Company until 1932.
1931 models featured their most powerful engines to date with the 175-ci inline 6-cylinder pumping out 60 horsepower. The original cost for this 2-door sedan was $645.
A quick advisory note: not that the car will be able to build too much speed (top speed is around 70 mph), but the wheels are wooden and the brakes are mechanical. Quiet, slow drives down sleepy roads or a museum might be the best uses for this car.
Over 1.13 million Super Six cars were sold during the entire 1919-32 production run, before the car was replaced by the Terraplane. Only five 1931 Essex cars have sold on eBay Motors in the past several years, mostly in as projects. The highest figure was $45,099 for a roadster. The average for the rest of the vehicles was $9k. Click here to see the sedan’s auction listing.