1924 ESSEX COACH SEDAN
In 1924, Essex introduced a new 6-cylinder engine. This 5-passenger sedan is referred to as “the Essex six series”, has a 110 ½” wheelbase, L-head, weighs 2305 pounds, and was produced by Hudson Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan. Original selling price was approximately $975. This was the first six-cylinder closed car to sell for less than $1000.
Hudson advertised both brands together. “Old Time Essex Performance with Hudson Smoothness”. An advertisement for the 1924 Essex Coach Sedan headlines
AT OPEN CAR COST ESSEX COACH
Built by Hudson
GENUINE BALLOON TIRES
The outstanding buying choice this year is “closed car comfort at open car cost”. The coach alone provides them. It is exclusive to Hudson and Essex. Everyone knows it gives highest closed car value and because no other type of car shares its position, it is the largest selling six-cylinder closed car in the world.
Essex Six Coach $1000
Hudson and Essex are of one quality
Hudson Super-Six $1500
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In 1919, Hudson introduced Essex as a separate line.
The first generation Essex was “a hot little car”. In 1915, an Essex completed a 50 hour 3,037.4 mile endurance test in Cincinnati, Ohio, at an average speed of 60.75 miles per hour.
One of the most famous races took place in August 1920 and featured four Essex cars. Two started from the East coast and two from the West coach, each carrying a mail pouch. Like the pony express riders of old, relief drivers were sworn in as postal carriers. The average time for the quartet was 4 days, 21 hours and 32 minutes, and the race generated nationwide publicity for the Essex.
The early Essex cars also won many hill climb races. In a special Essex race car, Glen Schulz won the 1923 Pike’s Peak Hill Climb in 18 minutes 47.4 seconds. This broke the previous record set by a 1916 Hudson.
Essex cars were produced for fifteen years, from 1919 to 1934 when Hudson dropped the name.