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1918 Essex Model A Touring

Engine Type

4 cylinder F Head with overhead inlet and side exhaust valves. 179 cubic inch capacity, 3 3/8 x 5 inch rated at 18.2 HP. Circulating splash oiling system, thermo syphon cooling system.

Details of fuel & ignition system

Stewart vacuum tank delivering fuel from rear mounted fuel tank. Essex own constant depression piston type carburettor. Coil ignition with separate starter motor and generator. 6 Volt electrical system.


3 speed forward and reverse, multiplate cork and steel clutch.

How did you acquire the vehicle?

Purchased in semi restored state from Cessnock local. Vehicle had been restored and used but left in a garage for 40 years.

Brief known history of the vehicle

Vehicle acquired in 1970’s as a complete restoration by previous owner. Restored and used very seldom. Parked and left until I acquired it.

What do you like & dislike about your car?

Great goer, very easy to drive, good brakes.

Fun facts or any other details you’d like to include?

Fitted with shutters on radiator which are manually controlled from drivers position. Vehicle casting dates on cylinder head and engine block – 23/5/18 – Car number indicates very early production of right hand drive export vehicle.

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