1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137

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1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE

Sold for DKK 2,990,000 (US$ 476,883) inc. premium
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE
Coachwork by Kellner

Chassis no. 12401
Engine no. 320137

7,983 cc SOHC Inline 6-cylinder Engine
160 bhp at 3,000 rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes


*Exclusive Kellner body modified by Hibbard & Darrin in period
*Sumptuous Art Deco interior with reclining rear seats
*Extensive restoration work completed
*Toured on the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic
*Classic example of a luxurious long distance continental touring automobile



THE HISPANO-SUIZA H6

The choice of European Royalty, Indian Maharajahs, Hollywood film stars and industrial tycoons, the legendary Hispano-Suiza marque was superbly engineered and imitated unashamedly by some of the world's leading car manufacturers.

The post-war Hispano H6 was powered by a Marc Birkigt-designed, 6,597 cc, overhead-camshaft six derived from one half of a proposed V-12 aero engine. A seven-bearing design enjoying the benefit of pressure-fed lubrication, the latter was built in unit with the 3-speed gearbox and featured aluminium-alloy pistons running in steel cylinder liners screwed into the light-alloy block. Maximum power was a heady 135 bhp produced at just 2,400 rpm, and the almost flat torque curve afforded walking-pace-to-85 mph performance in top gear.

Sensation of the 1919 Paris Show, the H6 featured a light yet rigid chassis with four-wheel-brakes that matched its state-of-the-art power unit for innovation. Indeed, so good were its servo-assisted brakes that Rolls-Royce acquired the rights to build the design under licence. The H6 combined performance with flexibility, comfort with good handling and safety with reliability in a manner which enabled Hispano-Suiza to compete successfully with Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Isotta Fraschini and even Duesenberg, Marmon and Packard. Large enough to accommodate formal coachwork, Europe's finest coachbuilders vied to construct their most luxurious bodies on this genuinely thoroughbred chassis. The finish of the Hispano-Suiza was superlative and the car's inherent glamour was such that it was featured in two popular novels of the early 1920s, l'Homme à l'Hispano and The Green Hat.

The original H6 had been superseded in 1921 by the H6B, which retained the original 6.6-litre engine, but at the behest of André Dubonnet of aperitif fame, a version was produced which was bored out to 110 mm for a capacity of 7,982 cc. This more powerful unit was adopted for the successor H6C model, introduced in 1924. The world's most advanced automobile at the time of its introduction and for many years thereafter, the H6 was catalogued until 1933, by which time 2,158 chassis of all types had been completed.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Hispano-Suiza H6C chassis 12401 was built in 1930 and fitted with a luxurious Kellner Cabriolet de Ville body bearing number 18062, which design bears a close resemblance to the elegant Hispano H6 Cabriolet de Ville shown by Kellner at the 1930 Paris Salon. According to Hispano-Suiza historian Nelson Thorpe, signature Kellner touches also found on 12401 include the stylish swirl on the polished aluminium beltline at the leading edge of the chauffeur's door and the grab handle mounted on the C-pillar between the trailing edge of the passenger door and the convertible top. An interesting feature of this handle is that at one end it can be disconnected so as to allow the handle to pivot around the bottom contact point and then be used as a hook to fasten the top when it is folded down. The loose end of the handle can then be connected to the bottom hinge of the landau bar.

According to renowned collector Hugo Moddermann, the first owner may have been a Paris-based member of the Vanderbilt family, had the body modified to fit front side windows and a fixed roof for the chauffeur. It is believed that this work was performed by the exclusive coachbuilders Hibbard & Darrin, formed in 1923 by Thomas Hibbard and Howard "Dutch" Darrin after they had been sent on a scouting trip to Paris by LeBaron in New York. Pointers include that Kellner seldom used hinges for the doors, while the current hinges as well as the door handles on 12401 are in the style Hibbard & Darrin was using in the early 1930s.

In 1946, the car was purchased by Gordon Grant, Jr. at a Vanderbilt family sale on Long Island, New York. Gordon Grant drove the car intensively and finally sent it to the noted restorer Francisco Pueche in Spain for a full restoration in order to bring it back to the original body style. Grant subsequently sold 12401 to the well-known British collector Jack Tattersall, who embellished the car with the posh step plates now mounted on the running boards, the Guynemer stork on the leading edge of the chauffeur's canopy and the classic carriage lamps on the B-pillars. Tattersall also had new upholstery done and commissioned a repaint to the current distinctive brown shade over black top and wings.

In 2004, Hugo Modderman acquired the car and discovered that it had deteriorated mechanically. Moddermann had new cylinders made by the respected marque specialist Eric Limpalaer. 12401 was then given a mechanical restoration in order to bring it back to perfect running condition. Subsequently, this lovely Hispano completed the 2012 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic without problems and was shown on the field at Pebble Beach that same year. The Cronos Bumpers are new original specification items fitted by Hugo Moddermann, who also had proper Kellner badges mounted on the body. Note that a hydraulic servo mechanism for the steering has been fitted, hidden under the front splash apron.

Today, 12401 remains a classic example of the luxurious long distance touring automobile that is the quintessence of a Hispano-Suiza motor car. A magnificent machine with sufficient engine capacity to think nothing of whisking its chauffeur, passengers and a full complement of luggage from Paris to the Côte d'Azur, with a little detour to Monaco and back. Comfortably ensconced in the sybaritic back seat, chic passengers could enjoy the exquisite woodwork and accoutrements that ensured comfort on long trips. A future owner will be able to re-experience the thrill of elegant 1930s travel, as the smooth 8-litre engine silently propels this great car along the tree-lined routes of Southern France.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Hispano-Suiza chassis 12401 blev bygget i 1930 og forsynet med et imponerende Cabriolet de Ville karosseri af Kellner, en af de mest eksklusive franske carrossiers. Det menes at bilens første ejer, som måske var et medlem af den berømte Vanderbilt familie som boede i Paris, fik karosseriet modificeret med sideruder foran og et fastmonteret tag over chaufføren. Det menes endvidere, at denne modifikation blev udført af den lige så eksklusive carrossier Hibbard & Darrin, grundlagt i Paris i 1923 af amerikanske Thomas Hibbard og Howard "Dutch" Darrin, som også havde grundlagt LeBaron i New York.

I 1946 blev bilen købt af en vis Gordon Grant, Jr. Som boede på Long Island, New York. Grant brugte bilen en del i adskillige år og sendte den sluttelig til Francisco Pueche i Spanien, som udførte en komplet restaurering, blandt andet for at bringe karosseriet tilbage til dets originale konfiguration. Derefter solgte Grant 12401 til en vis Simon Tattersall, en kendt engelsk samler, som udstyrede bilen med en del ekstra detaljer, såsom de fine trinplader på trinbrætterne, den forkromede Guynemer stork bag chaufføren og de klassiske vognlygter på B-stolperne. Tattersall fik også lavet et nyt interiør til bilen og lakerede bilen i dens nuværende farvekombination. Bilen blev købt i 2004 af Hugo Moddermann, en samler fra Monaco som fik motoren restaureret med en nye cylindere. Det mekaniske arbejde blev udført af Hispano-specialisten Eric Limpalaer. Denne skønne Hispano deltog i Pebble Beach Motoring Classic i 2012 uden problemer og blev vist på Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance samme år.

12401 er et klassisk eksempel på en luksusvogn, som er egnet til at transportere sin ejer over lange distancer i sus og dus fra Paris til Côte d'Azur, et lille smut til Monaco og tilbage...

EU Taxes paid
With Danish Registreringsattest

Footnotes

  • Please note that it appears that the engine '320137' is a replacement engine of the correct type that had been fitted in the 1950s. Please also note that the driver's compartment had been changed back to the original specification during the car's restoration so that the front doors do not feature wind-up windows.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that it appears that the engine '320137' is a replacement engine of the correct type that had been fitted in the 1950s. Please also note that the driver's compartment had been changed back to the original specification during the car's restoration so that the front doors do not feature wind-up windows.
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1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
1930 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C CABRIOLET DE VILLE  Chassis no. 12401 Engine no. 320137
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