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  • RefCode: TA1172513
  • Make: ESSEX
  • Model: TERRAPLANE
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,933
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 10th/11th Oct 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Hershey Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Hershey event, 10 - 11 October 2019. Popular lightweight model from HudsonLand flying, popularized by Amelia EarhartLast of the Essex brand I christen thee Essex Terraplane. Thus spoke Amelia Earhart, the famed aviatrix, as she smashed a bottle of champagne on Hudsons innovative new model on 21 July 1932. Land Flying, thats what Terraplane is! said the press release, invoking the aviation themes conjured up by Charles Lindbergs 1927 singlehanded transatlantic flight and Ms. Earharts own solo crossing that May. Essex was Hudsons lower-priced companion car and had promptly proved itself by outselling its parent and excelled by reaching third place in sales for 1929. Alas, the competition was getting tougher and the Great Depression deeper. The key component for Terraplane was lightness. A narrow track was selected in order to use less steel, thereby keeping weight down. The chassis itself had a cruciform architecture, with the internal crossesperforated by large holes. The result was a weight of barely 2,000 pounds, a full 700 less than its Essex forebear. Helpful, too, was Hudsons advanced metallurgy, which allowed thin wall casting long before the major manufacturers took it on. The engine was the same 173-cubic-inch L-head six from the Essex, but Terraplanes leanness gave it extra pep.This 1933 Model KU Terraplane Deluxe Six was acquired by the Merrick Auto Museum in 1993. Prior owners include renowned collector Zach Brinkerhoff of Denver, Colorado. The recipient of a 1,200-hour-plus restoration, it presents well with ochre body and brown fenders. Upholstery is pleated brown cloth, and the instrument panel combines body color with wood-grained panels. Silver wire-spoke wheels carry 5.25-18 blackwall tires. The spare is mounted at the rear.Terraplane sold nearly 40,000 cars for 1933, after which the old Essex model was discontinued and its name dropped from the Terraplane brand. Short-lived as it may have been, the concept of landflying still stands true.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf19.

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  • RefCode: TA1172517
  • Make: ESSEX
  • Model: TERRAPLANE
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,933
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 10th/11th Oct 2019 - RM Sotheby's - Hershey Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Hershey event, 10 - 11 October 2019. Spirited Ford V-8 competitorDaytona speed records in 1933Only year of the Terraplane Eight With the Terraplane an unmitigated success in 1932, the Hudson company went one better for 1933. Using parts on handpistons from the Terraplane Six and crankshaft from the eight-cylinder engine that Hudson had been building since 1930the engineers came up with a lightweight eight of 244 cubic inches. The combination of the engine in the lightweight Terraplane chassis resulted in a sprightly car that gave the Ford V-8 a run for its money. A Terraplane Eight sedan set new records for the standing mile and kilometer; the flying mile, five miles, and 1.5 km. In June 1933, Al Miller made history by driving one to the top of New Hampshires Mount Washington with the shifter wired into high gear. In Britain the Terraplane Eight chassis became the basis of Noel Macklins new Railton car.This 1933 Terraplane Eight joined theMerrick Auto Museum Collection around the turn of the Millennium. The beneficiary of a 1,200-plus-hour restoration, it has a blue body with white pinstripe and black fenders. A bold chrome grille shell is topped by an iconic gryphon mascot. The wire-spoke wheels are silver and have 6.50-17 blackwall tires. The spare is mounted at the rear under a full steel cover. The upholstery is pleated and buttoned grey cloth, and the Quick-Vision instrument panel pioneered warning lights for oil pressure and generator. There is a locking glove box, and the rear seat is furnished with a footrest bar. Directional signals have been unobtrusively installed for greater safety in modern traffic. As spirited as the Terraplane Eight was, it lost out in Hudsons longer-term plans. For 1934, all Hudson products adopted the Terraplane lightweight architecture. The small eight was discontinued and the larger 254-cubic-inch Hudson engine was restricted to the larger cars. This Terraplane Eight is a lasting reminder of abrief but interesting moment in time.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf19.

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