Bridal Cars


The Baby Essex Arrives

It was then that I decided to get the second car that was necessary if I wanted to provide wedding transport.  It would however have to be one that had already been restored so that I could start doing this fairly quickly. 

Besides I didn’t think that I could spend another ten years of my life undertaking another complete “ground-up” restoration.  But there were no other Hudson Super Sixes for sale in New Zealand at the time. 

Indeed, they’re now rare and none had come up for sale in all the time I’d be restoring mine.  So, on 10-9-94, I bought a road worthy 1928 Hudson Essex from Auckland (a two hour drive from Hamilton) for $9000. 

Now, an Essex is the “baby sister” or scaled-down model of the Super Six.  It is powered by a smaller motor on a lighter chassis and is fitted with smaller guards, and bonnet etc.  But, it is just as roomy inside as the bigger Super Six as Hudson put the same body onto both models.

The Essex I bought had also had a thorough “ground-up” restoration done to it in the 1970’s, and was still in good condition. 

So, apart from doing a few minor repairs to it, I only had to respray it the same colours I’d used on my Hudson Super Six to get a second matching car that the wedding attendants could happily travel in .

Around this time I also set up the business, 1928 Hudson Hire.  Like the restoration of my Hudson Super Six, this didn't happen quickly and it wasn't cheap.  Since I would be transporting people “for reward” I had to become a Licensed Operator, which is a very involved process.  I also had to set up an acceptable premises to base the business at, including an office.  Drivers had to be employed, their uniforms designed and made, accounts had to be set up, stationery had to be printed,  and advertising had to be done.  So it wasn't until late 1995 that 1928 Hudson Hire started providing wedding transport. 

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My first 1928 Hudson Super Six as it was when I bought it. (November 1985)

Getting ready to trailer my purchase back to Hamilton. (December 1985)

The chassis, stripped of everything, sand-blasted and then painted. (August 1986)

Now as a “rolling chassis.” (December 1988)

Body now panel-beated, repainted, and back onto the chassis. (March 1992)

A photo, that I got with the Essex, showing it as a “rolling chassis.” (August 1971)

Another photo that I also got with the Essex, showing a bare panelbeated and repainted body. (September 1971)

Driving back to Hamilton in my second Hudson Super Six, towing a trailer full of spare parts. (24th June 1997)
My second Hudson Super Six ready to be repainted. (December 1997)

Me checking out the Murphy-bodied 7 seater 1928 Hudson Limousine

The Hudson Limousine now stripped of body panels and paint on the front scuttle and rear tub

From left to right, Jack Chappell (a friend ), Kathryn Parsons ( my wife) and myself after removing anything that might be of use from an unwanted and rotting Hudson Super Six chassis. (March 1987)

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