1935 Hispano Suiza K6 Cabiolet / 16035 Chassis Information

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K6 photograph

1935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K61935 Hispano Suiza K6
Cabiolet
Coachwork: Brandone
Chassis #: 16035
Engine # 333054
Sold for $2,255,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Monterey.
The Hispano-Suiza K6 went into production in 1933. The engine - a new 5184cc inline six-cylinder creation with overhead valve - was designed by Rodolphe Herrmann, who worked with Marc Birkigt, the company's founder, on the design team. The new engine had a shorter 110-millimeter stroke and improved breathing, allowing for more horsepower from fewer cubic-inches of displacement. The car was capable of 125 bhp and 90 mph. The new chassis was favored by the premier French coachbuilders for its sophistication, layout, and high quality. Production lasted from 1933 to 1937, during which time 202 cars were built, and all of them were custom-built one-of-a-kind pieces. The impressive chassis's were given an ingenious four-wheel braking system, which utilizes a driveshaft mounted servo mechanism to multiply the mechanical pressure applied to the brake pedal. Semi-elliptic leaf springs supported both the front and rear axles. The engine made liberal use of lightweight alloys and high-strength steels.

This car, chassis number 16035, wears a body by Carrosserie Brandone, a small boutique coach-builder in Cannes, who was famous for highly stylized cabriolets. This car won the Grand Prix d'Honneur for the best French coachwork at the Cannes Coconurs d'Elegance in 1936.

The car was originally delivered to a Mr. or Mrs. Copley on May 4th of 1935. Later owners included a May from Lyons and, finally, in 1955, Madame Pierre, of 36 rue Montalant a Villeurbaume, Rhone. The car made its way to the United States, where the rear deck, top, and windshield were redesigned. The modifications made the small package area behind the front seats into a full rear seat for two passengers.

The car was later purchased by the Blackhawk Collection and then by Peter Mullin. It was treated to a restoration then put on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1986, 1991, and 1999, receiving two Second in Class awards, and the Alec Ulmann Award.

This was a car that, for a period of its life, had an unknown identity. The coachwork was believed to have been done by Letourneur et Marchand, Saoutchik, Figoni, or Kellner. An exhaustive search revealed its true identity as being a Brandone-bodied car. A May 1936 issue of La Carrosserie announced the car's receipt of the top honor, the Grand Prix d'Honneur, for the most beautiful French automobile at the L'Elegance Automobile on the Cote d'Azure, accompanied by a Madame Lartique.

After the mystery of its identity was revealed, a restoration was commissioned to bring it back to its original form, exactly as it was designed in 1935. After the work was completed, it was shown at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours where it earned the Alec Ulmann Trophy for a second time, won its class, and was nominated for Best of Show.

In 2013, the car participated in the Hispano-Suiza Rally in Arizona. Recently, it was given a full engine rebuild by RM Auto Restoration, including new rings, pistons, and gaskets and a full inspection of the heads and bearings.

2019 RM Sothebys : Paris

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€1,300,000-€1,500,000 
Lot was not sold

2017 RM Sothebys : London

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£1,600,000-£1,800,000 
Lot was not sold

2013 RM Auctions - Monterey

Sale Price :
$2,255,000

2016 1
2014 1
2013 1
2011 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$869,000$869,0001
2014$185,920$185,9201
2013$2,255,000$2,255,0001
2011$647,489$647,4891

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 HISPANO-SUIZA K6 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 16014
Sold for $869,000
  2016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
 
1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Sedanca de Ville by Franay
Chassis#: 15018
Sold for $185,920
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet by Brandone
Sold for $2,255,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1935 Hispano Suiza K6 image  1935 Hispano Suiza K6 image  
1935 HISPANO SUIZA K6 (30CV) CABRIOLET LETOURNEUR ET MARCHAND
Sold for $647,489
  2011 Automobiles sur les Champs 2
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1935 Hispano Suiza K6's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet by Brandone160352019 RM Sothebys : Paris $1,300,000$1,500,000
1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet by Brandone160352017 RM Sothebys : London $1,600,000$1,800,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Hispano Suiza K61934 Coupe Chauffeur
Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis Num: 15008
Chassis information for the Hispano Suiza K61934 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis Num: 16009
Chassis information for the Hispano Suiza K61935 Cabiolet
Coachbuilder: Brandone
Chassis Num: 16035
Engine Num: 333054
Chassis information for the Hispano Suiza K61937 Coach Mouette
Coachbuilder: Henri Chapron
Chassis Num: 16069
Engine Num: 333192


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