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1931 Essex Super Six

Classics  /   /  By Chad Tyson

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.

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  1. Ray Smith July 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm Reply

    I have a. 1931 essix town car I need to know where I can get parts

    • tony December 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm Reply

      HI Please give me a call I have a person that is the guru of parts and knowledge Thanks Tony 651 429 2000

  2. eBay Motors July 24, 2012 at 11:12 am Reply

    Hi Ray,

    We have seen parts on eBay Motors here for you by searching for the key words “1931 Essex Super Six”

    Click on this link to see the results

    Did this help?

    – eBay Motors

    • Ron Martin April 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply

      There is an old Essex Surper Six sitting at a house in Reedville Virginia. Nobody sweems to be living in the house. The car is a 4 door sedan with wooden wheels. It is a shell with no interior. Seems a shame to see it just sitting there rusting away!

  3. franky scott November 21, 2014 at 6:52 am Reply

    Essex is mine ,have had for 20 years .siting at summer home will build garage soon but car will be really cool yard ornament until then unless someone shows up with $5000

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