If you aren't familiar with the Essex brand of horseless carriage, don't worry, these aren't exactly falling off trees nowadays. TL;DR version: The Hudson Motor Company of Detroit built the Essex brand from 1922 through 1933 as their affordably priced compact line of cars using similar construction techniques as the more luxurious Hudsons. Find this 1927 Essex Super Six offered for $10,500 via cars.com. This post is part of DT's 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!
The Essex is known for the use of piano style hinges on the doors that were much stronger than the flimsy stuff used by most other manufacturers at the time. However, many buyers went for the Essex because they had a reputation as being speed machines, the 4-cylinder flat-head engine put out 55 horsepower when the Model T was still making 20 hp, and a modified Essex race car won the 1923 Pikes Peak Hill Climb race. Zoom zoom, indeed!
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