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Exterior Color: Purple
Interior Color: Grey
Transmission: 3-spd

Reference Number 125561

as of 11/10/2011

Car 1931 Henney Roadster
Exterior / Interior Color      Purple 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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Known History

Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 18 - 20th, at Russo and Steele's 11th Annual "Sports & Muscle at The Marriott" in Downtown Monterey, California. Please contact us for more information.


This 1931 two-passenger Henney Convertible, chassis number 2723, is the only known survivor of its kind. It is powered by a 268.6 CID inline eight-cylinder motor rated at 98 horsepower and has a three-speed manual transmission. This beauty also includes four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, a 127? wheelbase, and has received a complete cosmetic restoration.


Henney has been noted for the production of hearses and funeral vehicles as far back as 1916, In 1929 Henney produced 100 taxicabs on a stretched Model A Ford chassis. In 1930 and 1931 Henney rode on a purpose-built chassis that closely resembled that of the auto industry's style leader, Cadillac. Their ambulances were advertised as being completely equipped, and their NU-three-way side-loading coaches were racking up sales at the expense of their competition. In addition to the frosted/leaded/beveled or plain rear quarter-window options, new interior window treatments were available as well and included wicker window inserts, mini-blinds, or airline-style draperies. The abilities of the company were seemingly unlimited.


Henney introduced beaver-tail styling to their coach bodies in 1933. By 1934 they had abandoned assembly of their own chassis and were building on Cadillac, Lincoln, Oldsmobile, Packard, and Pierce-Arrow chassis. As a precursor to this era Henney is believed to have built four very special convertibles. It is also to be noted that John W. Henney Jr., was a good friend of Errett Lobban Cord and was challenged to come up with a car equally as classy as those Cord were producing in Indiana.


Utilizing an Auburn chassis and proper Lycoming Inline-Eight motor this well proportioned custom motorcar is a showstopper. It features many elements that are the best of the era including Duesenberg-styled front end and fenders as well as Bijur lubrication system. It has received a recent full cosmetic restoration with nickel-plating throughout. While it is also believed that Henney produced two such examples in 1931, and two in 1932, this is the only known survivor to be admired.