- Engine Size
- 212 ci I6
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Manual
1935 Terraplane GU Deluxe
1935 Terraplane GU Deluxe
The Terraplane was a car brand and model built by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, MI between 1932 and 1938. In its maiden year, the car was branded as the Essex-Terraplane; in 1934 the car became simply the Terraplane. They were inexpensive, yet powerful vehicles that were used in both town and country. The Terraplane name was used for both cars and trucks. The Terraplane contributed greatly to Hudson Motor's sales during the Depression in the 1930s. Sales of the Terraplane outpaced Hudson vehicles in the late mid-1930s and it is said that Hudson management was not fond of that fact and that was partly why they chose to eliminate the car as a make. One unique feature was "Duo-Automatic" brakes introduced in 1936. The most memorable sales slogan of the Terraplane years came from 1933: "On the sea that's aquaplaning, in the air that's aeroplaning, but on the land, in the traffic, on the hills, hot diggity dog, THAT'S TERRAPLANING".
For consignment, a 1935 Terraplane GU Deluxe 4-passenger 5-window coupe, branded in previous years as the Essex Terraplane. But we are in 1935 so it's simply a Terraplane. All restored with painstaking attention to detail with great lengths taken by the body shop, electrical experts, engine specialist, and woodgrain refinishers to bring this work of automotive art together. Read on to learn more about this not oft seen marque.
A 5-window coupe with suicide style doors is bathed in Steel Blue with the only contrasts being britework and rubber coating on the running boards, this restoration is looking just fabulous with only minor inclusions in the paint. Large Steel Blue bullet style headlights are nested next to the swooping down and forward grille in shield style, chrome dual horns, a chrome curved bumper, a stylized art deco falcon hood ornament. 3 chrome strips frame the engine cooling louvers are within the twin cowled hood and break up the sea of blue on the sides. A large reverse opening trunk lid reveals a rumble seat, which is a perfect place for the kids or your nagging mother in law. A metal spare tire holder is on the back with the bumper below is in splendid shape with no chipping or dulling of the chrome. Twin taillights in bullet style housing finish off the rear meanwhile body colored wheels wrapped in wide white rubber adorn all 4 corners. A shout out to the snappy fender skirts on the rear which give the car an almost custom low and slow look.
A swing of the door reveals a Camel colored broadcloth panel with a raised design on the lower half that at a quick glance appears much like a storage pocket. A chrome window crank and door release float within this broadcloth and brown carpeting covers the lower parts of the door. A novel idea of the time was the dual functioning wing windows which can be either cranked out for more fresh air or retracted down into the door for a full open-door window. Moving inside we see a Camel broadcloth covered bench seat complete with a central tuck and roll design and buttons. No rear seat here, just some storage room in the back and for privacy a pull-down shade for the rear window to keep the nagging mother-in-law guessing what you and the wife are up to in the front. A beautifully done walnut dash with a simple but effective cream oval gauge cluster. An original steering wheel, wrapped in a white tape-like material sits in front of the Electric Hand shifting mechanism, (the closest thing to an automatic transmission of the time). A conventional shifter grows from the black vinyl covered floor which presents nicely, and a tight Camel headliner hangs above. Noted, the floor mount shifter was removed by our consignor due to the scarcity of it, however, it is included with the sale.
Opening the twin cowled hood we are met with a restored but showing some slight patina engine residing within a well restored bay. This engine specs out as a 212ci inline 6-cylinder making 88hp and carrying a 1935 model year correct stamping number of 129478. This mill is fed a blend of air and fossils via a 1-bbl downdraft carburetor. On the back is the synchronized 3-speed manual transmission and a 4.11 geared rear axle sends power to the tires.
All solid and rust free down here with only minor surface rust showing thru the black painted frame and suspension in a few places. The black floor pans are solid as are the body hangers and underside of the Steel Blue running boards. Mechanical drum brakes provide the stopping power on all 4 corners and leaf springs both front and rear make for a smooth ride. A single exhaust system snakes its way back from the engine and only shows minor corrosion on the muffler.
A rather unusual car restored by skilled craftsmen to almost better than new condition. An eye pleasing color choice truly accentuates the body lines of this stunning coupe along with an equally well done interior. How many people do you know have a beautiful Terraplane? (and what does that word mean anyway?!)
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.