1923 Hispano-Suiza H6B 37.2hp 6.6 litre Dual Cowl Tourer  Chassis no. 10525 Engine no. 300571

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1923 Hispano-Suiza H6B 37.2hp 6.6 litre Dual Cowl Tourer
Registration no. MB 2037 Chassis no. 10525 Engine no. 300571

Sold for £ 155,500 (US$ 219,978) inc. premium
1923 Hispano-Suiza H6B 37.2hp 6.6 litre Dual Cowl Tourer
Coachwork by Carrosserie Kellner of Paris

Registration no. MB 2037
Chassis no. 10525
Engine no. 300571

Footnotes

  • The choice of European Royalty, Indian Maharajahs, Hollywood film stars and industrial tycoons, the legendary Hispano-Suiza was superbly engineered and imitated unashamedly by some of the world's leading car manufacturers.
    The genius of Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt had been proven by Georges Guynemer’s ‘Escadrille Cigogne’ (Stork Squadron) of Hispano-Suiza engined Spad fighter planes in World War I and it was this same brillance that was reflected in the sensational and finely engineered new H6 cars built in Paris at the Bois Colombes factory and unveiled to the world in 1919. The H6B model followed for the 1922 season.

    For the first time in 1919, the radiator emblem, ‘La Cigogne Volante’, appeared, this being the insignia of Captain Georges Guynemer’s Stork Squadron of Hispano-Suiza engined Spads. The mascot adorned the radiator of the new H6, an all new six cylinder car of 6,597cc capacity which was to be the mainstay of production for some fifteen years. The model was renowned for its ease of handling, the flexibility of its engine, which necessitated only a three speed gearbox, and its efficient servo-assisted brakes, a design later to be adopted by Rolls-Royce. Subsequent significant developments of the H6 included the Monza and the exciting short chassis 8 litre Boulogne.

    Reflecting aero engineering technology, the new car made the other ‘hyphenated greats’, Rolls-Royce, Isotta-Fraschini and Pierce-Arrow take notice and the H6B Hispano-Suiza found favour with the rich, the discerning and the famous.

    MB 2037 was first registered on 23rd April 1923, Carrosserie Kellner of Paris, surely one of France’s premier coachbuilders, clothing the car in its elegant and yet sporting dual cowl tourer coachwork. The buff log book with the car records ownership in Manchester in 1953, the car subsequently moving with its then owner to Cornwall and thence to a new owner in London SW7. The present owner acquired the car in May 1955, some 52 years ago, the deal swung by the present owner’s passion for music. The Hispano-Suiza was being sold at the time so that the lady of the house might buy a new harpsichord. It would have been churlish not to have encouraged her musical interests! In its new enthusiastic ownership MB 2037 has been extensively used, touring the U.K. and the Continent, proving exceptionally reliable and providing effortless high speed motoring with maximum comfort.

    The dual cowl coachwork, with its finely detailed wooden cappings and furnishings to the rear with useful storage lockers, is liveried in yellow over green with distinctive varnished wooden panelling to the back doors and rear coachwork panel. Much of the black leather upholstery we feel is original and certainly worthy of careful conservation. The instrument panel is complete and of the highest quality and driving equipment includes twin side-mounted spare wheels, two piece windscreen with both panels opening, Bleriot headlamps dipping on a Barker-type lever operated system, a running board-mounted electric Klaxon horn and a mahogany toolbox with 2 gallon petrol can on the offside running board. The car enjoys the benefit of front wheel brakes. A spirit gauge on the petrol tank top records fuel level. The distinctive ‘La Cigogne Volante’ mascot adorns the nickel radiator.

    MB 2037 started and ran sweetly at the time of cataloguing but has seen little use in recent years and will benefit from the usual careful recommissioning. It was last MoT tested in October 2005. This elegant European ‘grand tourer’ is offered with old style buff log book, a Swansea V5 registration document and a copy of a period instruction book.
1923 Hispano-Suiza H6B 37.2hp 6.6 litre Dual Cowl Tourer  Chassis no. 10525 Engine no. 300571
1923 Hispano-Suiza H6B 37.2hp 6.6 litre Dual Cowl Tourer  Chassis no. 10525 Engine no. 300571
1923 Hispano-Suiza H6B 37.2hp 6.6 litre Dual Cowl Tourer  Chassis no. 10525 Engine no. 300571
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