1929 Essex Challenger Town Sedan Vehicle Profile

1929 Essex Challenger photograph

1929 Essex Challenger photograph

1929 Essex Challenger photograph

1929 Essex Challenger photograph

1929 Essex Challenger1929 Essex Challenger1929 Essex Challenger1929 Essex Challenger
Town Sedan
Engine # 1113047
Sold for $7,150 at 2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction.
Production of the Essex vehicles began in a former Studebaker plant. They realized very early the interest in closed cars, offering America's lowest-priced version starting in 1922. The four-passenger Essex coach cost just $1,495. By 1925, the coach was priced five dollars less than the touring car.

By 1929, the Hudson automobile was the third-largest producer of American automobiles. That year, the Essex line was officially known as Essex the Challenger. They were introduced with a week of Hudson-sponsored public performance challenges hosted by dealers nationwide. The car had a larger radiator shell and broad beltline molding. The engine was an L-head six-cylinder unit displacing 161.4 cubic-inches and offering 55 horsepower. A three-speed manual transmission was standard and Bendix mechanical drum brakes were located at all four corners.

In 1933, the Essex name was dropped in favor of a new model called the Terraplane.

This particular vehicle is a town sedan 'two-window' model that wears most of its original paint and mohair interior, and is equipped with an original Liberty car heater.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2019


2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$5,000-$10,000 
Sale Price :
$7,150

2018 3
2016 1
2015 1
2012 2
2010 1
2005 2
2003 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$53,350$85,2503
2016$6,600$6,6001
2015$7,150$7,1501
2012$57,225$88,0002
2010$66,000$66,0001
2005$41,633$79,2002
2003$6,100$6,1001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Essex Dover U.S. Mail Truck
Chassis#: MVIN309707IND
Sold for $55,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction
1929 Essex Challenger image  1929 Essex Challenger image  
1929 Essex Speedabout Boattail Roadster
Chassis#: 1090197
Sold for $85,250
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction
1929 Essex Challenger image  1929 Essex Challenger image  
1929 Essex Coupe Street Rod
Sold for $19,800
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1929 Essex Two-Door Coach
Sold for $6,600
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1929 Essex the Challenger Six Town Sedan
Sold for $7,150
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1929 Essex Challenger image  1929 Essex Challenger image  
1929 Essex ‘The Challenger' Boattail Speedabout
Chassis#: 1059468
Sold for $88,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
1929 Essex Challenger image  1929 Essex Challenger image  
1929 Essex Challenger Phaeton
Chassis#: 1126406
Sold for $26,450
  2012 Bonhams - Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1929 Essex Speedabout Boattail Roadster
Chassis#: 1059468
Sold for $66,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1929 Essex Challenger image  1929 Essex Challenger image  
1929 Essex Super 2D
Sold for $4,066
  2005 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction
 
1929 Essex Speedabout Boattail Roadster
Chassis#: 1059468
Sold for $79,200
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
1929 Essex Challenger image  1929 Essex Challenger image  
1929 ESSEX RUMBLE SEAT COUPE
Sold for $6,100
  2003 Kruse Auction - Tulsa, OK
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1929 Essex Challenger's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Essex Coupe 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$12,500  
1929 Essex Challenger10305492011 Silver Auction Spokane   
1929 ESSEX STREET RODMT008492008 Silver Auction Coeur d'Alene$5,100  
1929 ESSEX RUMBLE SEAT COUPE 2003 Kruse Auction Tulsa, OK$51,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Essex Challenger1929 Town Sedan
Engine Num: 1113047
Chassis information for the Essex Challenger1929 Boattail Roadster
Coachbuilder: Biddle and Smart
Chassis Num: 1059468
Chassis information for the Essex Challenger1929 Boattail Roadster
Coachbuilder: Biddle and Smart
Chassis Num: 1090197
Chassis information for the Essex Challenger1929 Dover U.S. Mail Truck
Coachbuilder: Biddle and Smart
Chassis Num: MVIN309707IND

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