Almost everybody involved in the old-car hobby has heard one of the fables of finding a rare old car parked in a barn for decades in complete original and unmolested condition. This scenario is exactly what happened with this 1925 Henney. This only 1925 Henney known to exist was parked for 42 years and it is the oldest known motorized Henney professional car and the sole surviving example of a Meritas-bodie Henney.
The Henney was the first professional-car manufacturer to adopt the latest innovation in automobile-body construction, hailed as “a revolutionary accomplishment in funeral-car coachwork” and called “Meritas Made Bodies”. This type of body construction consisted of a heavy, leather-like fabric, which was stretched over wire mesh attached to the body's wooden framework in lieu of the more common metal panels.
The Model 162 DeLuxe funeral car was the 212th vehicle built by Henney in 1925. Offered for the first time in 1925, the model 162 Deluxe presented a novel three/four door body configuration claimed to have been “new and original in design”. In addition to the normal rear loading door, this new design features two side doors on the right and one- in the front – on the left side.
According to its odometer, the car has only 8,062 miles and it's powered by a 70 horsepower, 6-cylinder Continental Red Seal 6J engine (#6J 880X).
Complete and unmolested in every detail from its Henney-logo-emblazoned Gordon spare-tire covers, rear-compartment courtesy lights, biers pins and hand-operated spotlight, to its factory-fitted Henney arched floral tray (complete with “H” initials carved into the end caps), the Henney is an all-original vehicle in an amazing state of preservation. As such, it is an exceedingly rare vehicle whose provenance cannot be disputed. RB Collection performed a full sevice on the car in order to return it to excellent driving condition.
Featured as the cover car in “The Professional Car” magazine, 3nd. Quarter 2019 (#182), the expert, Mr. Thomas A. McPherson, wrote an extraordinary article, in which he stated; “As we said, we've all heard tales of fabulous treasures in a barn, and while true barn finds are rare, this time, when drawing to an inside straight, someone drew an ace!”.