1931 Essex Super Six Model E news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: 1267966
|Sold for $66,000 at 2011 Gooding & Company.|
The Essex vehicles were small and affordable vehicles. In 1919, an Essex accomplished a 50-hour, 3,037.4 mile endurance test in Cincinnati, Ohio at an average speed of 60.75 miles per hour. The early Essex automobiles also claimed many hill climb records, with one of the more impressive victories coming at the hands of Glen Shultz who won the 1923 Pikes Peak Hill Climb in a specially prepared Essex race car.
Sales of the Essex remained strong through the 1920s and into the very early 1930s before sales (like most of the automotive market) began a drastic decline. For 1932, a redesigned Essex was introduced and was named the Essex-Terraplane, a play on the word aeroplane. By 1933, the Essex was no more and the car carried on as the Terraplane.
The 1931 Essex
For 1931, Essex offered the Super Six Model E and available in elven different body styles. Pricing was fair and competitive, ranging from $725 - $900. Power was from a six-cylinder, 175.2 cubic-inch engine capable of producing 60 horsepower. It had a three speed sliding gearbox and Bendix mechanical brakes at all four corners. Styling was similar to the previous year's models, with a few subtle changes. Up front there was a new bronze chromium plated grid for the radiator shell. The curved tie bar for the headlights and fenders was replaced with a straight tie bar. The double row of hood louvers were now a single set that were much larger. New bumpers, hubcaps, running boards and exterior hardware were also visible on the 1931 models.
Inside, the Essex models were outfitted with Bedford cord, flat fabrics or velours. Essex sedan models also receive as much as five more inches of leg room.
Super Six Boattail Speedabout
This 1931 Boattail Speedabout is an original example of which only a few are known to have survived. It is a relatively late-production example and wears coachwork courtesy of Murray, rather than the early Biddle and Smart bodies.
This vehicle, with its many cosmetic and mechanical improvements introduced for the 1931 model year, was once part of the Harrah automobile collection in Reno, Nevada. When the collection was dispersed in 1984, the Essex Speedabout was sold to an Oregon resident who kept it for a number of years before having it fully restored to a high, show-quality standard. When the work was completed, it was finished in its current two-tone color scheme of beige and brown with contrasting green accents. It is equipped with the full array of options, including wire wheels, side-mounted spares, twin taillights and whitewall tires.
In the mid-2000s, it was acquired by the current owner.
In 2011, at the Pebble Beach, CA auction presented by Gooding & Company, the car was estimated to sell for $70,000-$90,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $66,000inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011
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