ESSEX, 1932 TERRAPLANE. This is the very first year for the "Terraplane" model. It was to be the fast lightweight series equipped with the higher compression "Essex Power Dome" engine built by Hudson. For publicity they launched this new car by having the famous early Aviatrix "Amelia Earhart" pilot a brand new 32 Terraplane up the "Pikes Peak Hill Climb" event. She handily won with the best time. The Hudson Motor Company, for publicity and in part to express their appreciation for her winning, they presented her with a brand new 32 Terraplane sedan. For as far back as car club people know, the history of this car offered has been thought as being the actual car that that Amelia Earhart was given. There is no documented proof, but circumstantial evidence does support the claim.
The car offered is well preserved original and never restored. It has its first paint. It also has a freshly installed new set (5) of Lucas Tires and tubes. The odometer reads a mere 46,360 miles and it certainly is very believable as its correct original mileage. She starts easily, drives very nicely and runs down the road strong. There's no evidence of any prior accident damage and not a sniff of rot or rust on her anywhere. The lights work and it stops well. This is just a happy and sweet little car that can easily be enjoyed right the way it is. This is a "preservation" car and not something shiny and perfect.
This is a great opportunity to own a truly special and rare collector car at the very affordable Museum stored in Central Virginia. Cell 215-906-7001 (call or text). Or, email [email protected]