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1929 Essex Challenger Dover U.S. Mail Truck / MVIN309707IND Vehicle Information

1929 Essex Challenger photograph

1929 Essex Challenger photograph

1929 Essex Challenger photograph

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Sold for $55,000 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction.
The Essex Dover models were introduced in 1929 and represented the company's attempts to enter the commercial-vehicle market. Production began in July of 1929 and Hudson's main coachbuilder, Biddle and Smart, manufactured most of the bodies for Dover commercial vehicles. They used the basic Essex chassis, running gear, frontal bodywork, running boards and fenders. The radiators were horizontal, rather than the vertical shutters found on the Essex line. The 3/4-ton chassis was priced at a reasonable $595. The Panel Delivery was $895, the Screenside Express was $885, and the Cab Top Express (pickup) was $835.

Standard equipment on the Dover Super-Six included Trico vacuum windshield wipers, cowl ventilator, useful instrumentation, rear traffic signal, John Brown Lamp Co. combination tail and stop lights, Stewart-Warner speedometer, ignition lock, horn, Monroe hydraulic shock absorbers, and more.

In 1929, the U.S. Postal Department ordered 500 Dover Mail Trucks from the Hudson Motor Car Company to transport and deliver the mail.

This particular example was found in a Wyoming field during 1970 by representatives of the Harrah Collection of Reno, Nevada, and subsequently given a total 'Gold Star' restoration there with the frame off, including complete replacement of the wooden body. It was then put on display at Harrah's until the dispersal auction held during the 1980s, when it was purchased in 1986 by George Crocker of North Carolina. It remained with Mr. Crocker for several years, eventually being placed on long-term display at the National Auto and Truck Museum (NATMUS) in Auburn, Indiana, before advertising it for sale in Old Cars Weekly during 1993. It then entered the collection of Mr. Eldon Hostetler.

This Dover Mail Truck is powered by a 161.4 cubic-inch L-head inline six-cylinder engine delivering 55 horsepower. There is a single downdraft carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2019


2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Hostetlers Hudson Auto Museum Auction

Sale Price :
USD $55,000

1929 Essex Challenger Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Essex Dover U.S. Mail Truck
Chassis#: MVIN309707IND
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$19,800
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1929 Essex Two-Door Coach
Sold for USD$6,600
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1929 Essex the Challenger Six Town Sedan
Sold for USD$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 USD$88,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
1929 Essex Challenger image  1929 Essex Challenger image  
1929 Essex Challenger Phaeton
Chassis#: 1126406
Sold for USD$26,450
  2012 Bonhams - Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1929 Essex Speedabout Boattail Roadster
Chassis#: 1059468
Sold for USD$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 USD$4,066
  2005 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction
 
1929 Essex Speedabout Boattail Roadster
Chassis#: 1059468
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 Challenger
1929 Town Sedan
Engine Num: 1113047
Chassis information for the Essex Challenger
1929 Boattail Roadster
Coachbuilder: Biddle and Smart
Chassis Num: 1059468

Chassis information for the Essex Challenger
1929 Boattail Roadster
Coachbuilder: Biddle and Smart
Chassis Num: 1090197
Chassis information for the Essex Challenger
1929 Dover U.S. Mail Truck
Coachbuilder: Biddle and Smart
Chassis Num: MVIN309707IND

1929 Essex Challenger

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