1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner, Chassis no. 11153

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Lot 237
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner,
Chassis no. 11153

Sold for € 155,250 (US$ 184,142) inc. premium
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner

Chassis no. 11153
Créée en 1909, la succursale française de la Société Hispano-Suiza espagnole prend son indépendance en 1923 sur initiative de Marc Birkigt qui en devient l'actionnaire majoritaire. Dès lors, les productions françaises de la marque ne partageront plus leurs évolutions avec leurs cousines espagnoles.

Ce châssis H6B est sortis de l'usine de Levallois le 11 mars 1925 avec le numéro 11153. Il est équipé du moteur 6 cylindre en ligne de numéro 301174. Il bénéficie d'une cylindrée de 6594 cm3. Il est accouplé à une boîte de vitesses manuelle à trois rapports avant et marche arrière. Les deux essieux sont rigides et la suspension est confiée à des ressorts à lames semi-elliptiques, à l'avant comme à l'arrière. Le freinage est assisté par servofrein et s'effectue par des tambours sur les quatre roues. Les pneumatiques sont de taille 895-135.

La voiture a été acquise en châssis par Monsieur René de Chatelperron, qui la fera carrosser en coupé-chauffeur par la carrosserie Georges Kellner, dont les usines sont installées à Billancourt tandis que le magasin d'exposition trône au 127 avenue des Champs-Elysées. Ce carrossier réalisa plus de trois cent carrosseries différentes sur châssis Hispano-Suiza. La voiture sera ensuite cédée successivement à Monsieur Audibert, puis Madame Le Blan. Elle restera en France jusque dans les années quatre-vingt. Elle partira ensuite en Suisse avant de trouver preneur en Espagne.

La voiture dispose de jantes à rayons. La partie mécanique est en état d'origine non restauré. Elle présente une carrosserie en configuration coupé-chauffeur de teinte bleu roi. Le compartiment chauffeur est garnis de cuir marron. Le pare-brise bénéficie de deux déflecteurs latéraux orientables afin de protéger le chauffeur du vent et des projections. Le pavillon de la partir noble de la carrosserie est habillé de cuir gris clair. L'habitacle est habillé de drap de laine gris clair. Il est équipé d'une banquette et de deux strapontins dos à la route, escamotables dans la séparation chauffeur ainsi que d'une pochette aumonière. Cette dernière est nantie d'un bandeau en bois précieux agrémenté d'une cantine faisant vide-poche. L'ensemble de la voiture est en bel état d'origine non restaurée. Les habillages et garnitures ont fait l'objet d'une restauration ancienne.

Avec son moteur à soupapes en tête et son châssis moins lourd, la "Rolls à la française" se révélait bien supérieur à la vénérable mais fort lourde Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. C'est une des raisons suffisantes qui doivent inciter à choisir cette superbe automobile comme une pièce majeure témoignant du talent de Georges Kellner comme du prestige de la marque à la cigogne.




Created in 1909, the French branch of the Spanish Hispano-Suiza company became independent in 1923 on the initiative of Marc Birkigt who became a majority shareholder. As a result, the French cars of the marque did not follow the same evolution as their Spanish cousins.

This H6B chassis was produced in the Levallois factory on 11 March 1925 with number 11153. It has an in-line 6 cylinder engine, numbered 301174, with a capacity of 6594cc. It is coupled to a 3 speed manual gearbox with one reverse gear. Both axles are rigid and the suspension has semi-elliptical leaf springs both front and rear. Brakes are servo assisted and braking is by drums on the four wheels. The pneumatic tyres are size 895-135.

The car was acquired as a chassis by Mr Rene de Chatelperron, who had the coupe-chauffeur body added by the coachbuilder Georges Kellner whose factories were in Billancourt with a showroom at 127 Avenue des Champs Elysees. This coachbuilder produced more than three hundred different bodies on Hispano-Suiza chassis. The car was then sold to Mr Audibert, then to Madame Le Blan. It stayed in France up until the 1980s and then went to Switzerland before finding a buyer in Spain.

The car has spoke wheels. The mechanical part is in un-restored original condition. It has a body in a coupe chauffeur configuration and is royal blue in colour. The driver's compartment is fitted out in red leather. The windscreen has two side deflectors that can be positioned to protect the driver from the wind and debris. The roof of the interior is fitted in light grey leather. The passenger compartment is fitted with light grey wool cloth. It has a bench seat and two rear facing jump seats that are retractable in the wall separating the driver from the passenger compartment, together with a small compartment. This has a precious wooden band fitted with a small box forming a glove compartment. The whole of the car is in beautiful un-restored condition. The fittings and trim were installed as part of a previous restoration.

With its overhead valve engine and lighter chassis, the French Rolls Royce was superior to the venerable but very heavy Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. This is one of the reasons why this superb automobile should be chosen as a major witness to the talent of Georges Kellner and the prestige of the marque of the stork.
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner, Chassis no. 11153
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner, Chassis no. 11153
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner, Chassis no. 11153
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner, Chassis no. 11153
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner, Chassis no. 11153
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner, Chassis no. 11153
1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner, Chassis no. 11153
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