Automobile [Essex Super Six Sedan]
Maker and role
Hudson Motor Car Company, Manufacturer
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Until the 1920s, most cars came in an open style known as a touring car. The first examples had few windows if any and in many cases did not even possess a windscreen. Fully enclosed cars did not become standard until Cadillac introduced them in 1910. However, with a price tag of over US$2,000 the closed body was beyond the means of most consumers. In 1922, the Essex Super Six became the first affordable enclosed car, beginning a change in car preference that remains to this day. The design of the car was changing from the ‘horseless carriage’ to the style of car we know today.
By 1929 hard-topped cars - saloons, coupes or sedans - made up 37% of all the vehicles sold in New Zealand. This compared with the earlier style of open-topped vehicles - tourers and roadsters – which only made up 28%.