Essex was a make of automobile produced by the Essex Motor Company in 1918-1922 and by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit in 1922-1933. During its production run, the Essex was considered a small car with an affordable price. Essex is generally credited with starting the trend towards enclosed passenger spaces. Originally, the Essex was to be a product of the “Essex Motor Company”, which was owned by Hudson. Essex Motors went so far as to lease the Studebaker car factory in Detroit to build the car. In total, more than 1.13 million Essex cars have been sold. In 1919, Essex completed a 50-hour, endurance test in Cincinnati, at an average speed of 97 mph. The Essex Super Six coupe was powered by a six-cylinder 2.5-litre engine with 55bhp (40kW) and had a leather interior.