1934 Terraplane K Special convertible coupe, part of the 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models line of collectible cars.
1934 Terraplane K Special convertible coupe

The 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models replaced the Essex Terraplane as a make in its own right for four years, after which it briefly became a Hudson series before the name was retired. These years saw the most interesting styling, a major powerplant change (a new, larger six), longer wheelbases, sleeker body styling, and more performance.

A 1936 sedan tested in Britain did 0-60 mph in 26.6 seconds and delivered 82 mph top speed -- highly creditable for a 2,800-pound car at that time. Open body styles are, as usual, the most desirable. Convertible models numbered two per year except in 1935, when there was only the DeLuxe Six convertible. A six-passenger convertible brougham was added to the DeLuxe and Super lines in 1937, independent front suspension in 1934.

Pluses of the 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models:

  • Handsome 1934-1935 styling
  • Excellent performance
  • Strong club support

Minuses of the 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models:

  • Unlovely 1936-37 "fencer's mask" grille
  • Difficult to find
  • Increasing scarcity of body parts

Production of the 1934 Terraplane Open Models:
Approximately 2,000 (out of 51,084 total Terraplane production)

Production of the 1935 Terraplane Open Models:
Approximately 2,000 (out of 51,134 total Terraplane production)

Production of the 1936 Terraplane Open Models:
Approximately 2,000 (out of 86,791 total Terraplane production)

Production of the 1937 Terraplane Open Models:
Approximately 2,000 (out of 90,253 total Terraplane production)

Specifications of the 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models:
Wheelbase, inches: 112.0 (1934-35); 115.0 (1936); 116.0 (1934); 117.0 (1937)
Length, inches:
NA
Weight, pounds: 2,590-2,915
Price, new:
$695-$845

Engines for the 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv I-6 212.0 cid
80-102 1934-1937

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