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1935 Hispano Suiza J12 Drophead Coupe / 14004 Vehicle Information

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza J12 photograph

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Emilio de la Cuadra, a Spanish army captain, started Hispano-Suiza in 1898. He hired Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt to design their first gasoline powered engines. By 1905, they were producing a series of large four- and six-cylinder engines for automobiles. During World War I, they provided engines for airplanes. Birkigt designed a series of pioneering aircraft engine innovations that included the first use of a cast engine block, propeller reduction gearing and a hollow propeller shaft to allow firing a gun through the propeller. When the War came a close, they returned to automobile and engine production and developed a strong reputation for building luxury automobiles.

The Hispano-Suiza company is currently part of the French SAFRAN Group, while the Spanish company sold all their automotive assets to the maker of Pegaso trucks and sport cars in 1946.

The J12 was introduced in 1931 and was powered by a 574 cubic-inch V12 engine producing 220 horsepower. The car was capable of 115 mph. Each engine block was machined from a single 700 pound billet. The cars were very expensive and only 120 were sold during the production run between 1931 and 1938.

This Drophead Coupe with coachwork by VanVooren was originally owned by Richard Paine. The current owner acquired the car in 1991. It is one of just eight such cars ever built. Little is known of this car's early history but it is thought that it first carried limousine coachwork by Fernandez et Darrin but was soon re-bodied by Vanvooren. It is understood to have arrived in Los Angeles in the 1950s and has been a resident in California ever since.



No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet deVille by Rippon Brothers
Chassis#: 13506
Sold for USD$1,045,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1935 Hispano Suiza J12 image  1935 Hispano Suiza J12 image  
1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet deVille by Saoutchik
Chassis#: 13506
Sold for USD$758,855
  2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este
1935 Hispano Suiza J12 image  1935 Hispano Suiza J12 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1935 Hispano Suiza J12's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 Hispano-Suiza J-12 Pillarless Sedan140222012 RM Auctions Monterey$450,000$750,000$1,000,000

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Hispano Suiza J12 Vehicle Profiles
Transformable Grande Luxe
Hispano Suiza J12 Transformable Grande Luxe

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Coupe de Ville
Hispano Suiza J12 Coupe de Ville

Coachbuilder: Binder
Model Year: 1933
Faux Cabriolet
Hispano Suiza J12 Faux Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Model Year: 1933
Profile

Coupe
Hispano Suiza J12 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 14015
Model Year: 1933
Profile
Drop Head Coupe
Hispano Suiza J12 Drop Head Coupe

Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Model Year: 1934
Profile
Cabriolet
Hispano Suiza J12 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Model Year: 1934
Profile

Cabriolet
Hispano Suiza J12 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Model Year: 1934
Profile
Pillarless Saloon
Hispano Suiza J12 Pillarless Saloon

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Model Year: 1934
Profile
Coupe de Ville
Hispano Suiza J12 Coupe de Ville

Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis Num: 14036
Model Year: 1934
Profile

Cabriolet
Hispano Suiza J12 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: deVillars
Model Year: 1935
Profile
Cabriolet deVille
Hispano Suiza J12 Cabriolet deVille

Coachbuilder: Rippon Brothers
Chassis Num: 13506
Engine Num: 321099
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History
Drophead Coupe
Hispano Suiza J12 Drophead Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 14004
Model Year: 1935
Profile

Pillarless Sedan
Hispano Suiza J12 Pillarless Sedan

Coachbuilder: Kellner
Chassis Num: 14022
Engine Num: 321060
Model Year: 1935
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Victoria
Hispano Suiza J12 Convertible Victoria

Coachbuilder: D'Ieteren
Chassis Num: 13033A
Engine Num: 321113
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Sedan
Hispano Suiza J12 Convertible Sedan

Coachbuilder: Saoutchik
Chassis Num: 28543 43
Model Year: 1936
Profile and Auction History

Berline
Hispano Suiza J12 Berline

Coachbuilder: Letourner et Marchand
Model Year: 1937
Profile


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