This 1930 Hispano-Suiza H6C Boattail speedster was originally a Galle Limousine. In the 1960s, it was sent to Australia where the top was removed, making this a convertible sedan. In 1992, the current owner purchased this car and, dissatisfied with its bodystyle and the craftsmanship, created the short-wheelbase example is it today. New bodywork was created by the late Strother MacMinn in 1998. Shortly after receiving its new coachwork, the car was involved in an accident and the bodywork was considered totaled. The Steve Moal Company was commissioned to create a second body of the same design.
The engine and chassis, though not injured in the accident, have been completely rebuilt.
The H6C series was originally fitted with a multiple-disc clutch which was very difficult to operate. Later H6C models were given single-plate clutch that easily adjusts in response to wear during use. This vehicle has a top, a spare tire in the trunk, and many modern amenities to ease operation while in use. It has overdrive, new 3.25 gears, two selectable electric fuel pumps to avoid vapor lock, and a fuel-pressure regulator. The speedometer has been converted to read in miles per hour, there are turn signals, taillights, and 12-volt socket.
The engine is a straight-six, over head cam unit that displaces 7983cc and produces 220 bhp. There are four-wheel servo-assisted drum brakes and a live axle suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs.
In 2008, this H6C was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, California. It was estimated to sell for $475,000 - $550,000. The lot was sold for an impressive $616,000, including buyer's premium.