1928 Hispano-Suiza 54


Early Motor Cars Vintage 1919-1937

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Hispano-Suiza (Spanish-Swiss) was a Spanish engineer best known for luxury cars and aero engines before WW II. It designed the first 4-cylinder 16-valve engine and the car considered to have been the first sports car, the Hispano Suiza 45 CR. In 1919 they introduced the Hispano-Suiza H6 which featured an inline 6-cylinder overhead camshaft engine based on the features of its V8 aluminium Great War aircraft engines. Licences for Hispano-Suiza patents were in demand from prestige car manufacturers. Rolls-Royce used several patents – for many years it installed Hispano-Suiza power brakes in its vehicles. In 1923 the French arm was incorporated as Société Française Hispano-Suiza. The French subsidiary had much independence over design and. This increased the importance of the Paris plant. Spanish operations continued to produce luxury cars, mostly smaller basic models. Through the 1920s and into the 1930s, Hispano-Suiza built a series of luxury cars with overhead camshaft engines of increasing performance including the 37.2 Hispano-Suiza car built at the Bois Colombes works near Paris. The mascot statuette atop the radiator after World War I was the stork, emblem of the French province of Alsace, taken from the squadron emblem painted on the side of a Hispano-Suiza powered fighter aircraft that had been flown by the World War I French ace Georges Guynemer.

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Dimensions 47.5 × 34.5 cm