Like you, I find myself having the most affinity with the aesthetics of the Essex. However, I don’t see it as a great buy. I’d probably just get a Dutchstar and pocket the rest.
If I absolutely have to spend all of it and can’t picket any of it, I’d probably go with an LADP and spend the rest on options, specials upgrades, aftermarket dodads and other things. That counts, right?