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1926 Hispano Suiza H6B

Hispano-Suiza had Swiss and Spanish origins with a parallel manufacturing base in France. The Swiss connection was from their Swiss engineer, Marc Birkigt. Birkigt designed a range of T-Head fours, and by 1913, an overhead cam engine was introduced. Louis Massuger, also of Swiss origin, worked at Hispano-Suiza and together with Birkigt developed a cast-aluminum design with thin steel liners. This setup made the engine lighter, strong, and easier to build. The early examples had a water-cooled V8 design with shaft-drier overhead camshafts.

Hispano-Suiza introduced the H6 model in 1919 and it would remain in production until 1933, with approximately 2,158 examples were built. Power was sourced from a 6,597cc, overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine designed by Marc Birkigt, created from one-half of the proposed V-12 aero engine. The engine was built in unit with the three-speed gearbox and had seven main bearings, aluminum-alloy pistons in steel-sleeved cylinders screwed into the light-alloy block, and a pressure-lubricated crankshaft. It delivered 135 horsepower at 2,500 RPM and kept in the driver's control by light-alloy drum brakes with power-assist located on all four-wheels. As the vehicle was decelerating, its momentum drove the brake servo to provide additional power.

In 1922, Hispano-Suiza introduced the H6B powered by a slightly more powerful engine. The final iteration of the model consisted of the bored-out H6C with an engine capacity of 7,982cc that had been introduced in 1924. They were built alongside the H6B.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019

Related Reading : Hispano Suiza H6 History

The Hispano-Suiza Company has created some of the most elegant, respected, and exquisite automobiles of all time. The designs and custom-built bodies were owned by the most elite and exclusive clientele. Among their most memorable creations were the H6 Series and the J-12. Among their accomplishments was the production of aircraft engines. During the First World War, they produced over 50,000 V-12....
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1926 Vehicle Profiles

1926 Hispano Suiza H6B vehicle information

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Henri Chapron

Chassis Num: 11528

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 automob....[continue reading]

1926 Hispano Suiza H6B vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Hooper

Chassis Num: 301585

The Spanish Swish Automobile Factory had a rough start, enduring several bankruptcies and World War One service as an aircraft engine manufacturer. After the war, they returned to automobile design and production, and in 1919 introduced the H6. It wo....[continue reading]

1926 Hispano Suiza H6B vehicle information

Torpedo
Coachwork: Weymann

Chassis Num: 11527
Engine Num: 301529

The Hispano-Suiza Company, which translates from French to 'Spanish-Swiss' was born from the genius of a Swiss engineer, Marc Birkigt, and originally produced in Spain. It would, however, be the Hispano-Suizas from France that would become legendary.....[continue reading]

1926 Hispano Suiza H6B vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company

The Hispano-Suiza H6 was originally launched in 1919 and was in production until 1933 under the guidance of the Swiss engineer and designer Marc Birkigt. The H6B, with its aircraft-derived 6-cylidner engine, was a popular choice for wealthy European ....[continue reading]

Cabriolet by Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 11528 
Tourer by Hooper
Chassis #: 301585 
Torpedo by Weymann
Chassis #: 11527 
Convertible Victoria by Rollston & Company
 


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Model Year Production

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1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)
1924Ford (1,922,048)Chevrolet (264,868)Dodge (193,861)
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)
1922Ford (1,147,028)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)
1921Ford (1,275,618)Chevrolet (130,855)Buick (82,930)

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