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1925 Hispano Suiza H6B

The Hispano-Suiza H6 was introduced in 1919, the first time the radiator emblem 'La Cigogne Volante' appeared, the insignia of Captain Georges Guynemer's Stork Squadron of Hispano-Suiza-engined Spads. It was the work of Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt who had proven its technical prowess with the Georges Guynemer's 'Escadrille Cigogne' (Stork Squadron), of Hispano-Suiza-engined Spad fighter planes in World War I. The H6 cars were built in Paris at the Bois Colombes factory and were followed by the H6B model for the 1922 season.

The H6 employed a six-cylinder engine which had a 6597cc capacity which would become the mainstay of production for the next fifteen years. The engine was given a three-speed gearbox and servo-assisted brakes.

The Hispano-Suiza H6 and H6B models would become popular with the wealthy and influential individuals of that era. They offered refined engineering and exquisite coachwork that were hand tailored for their clientele.

This particular example wears a fully convertible body that was created by Belvallette of Paris. It has its original body and engine number, and it's still wears its original license plate designation of '30Y69'. It was purchased under order number 1854 through the agent or dealer 'Saint Didier' and sold to a 'M. de Surville' on 21 January 1925.

The early history of this vehicle is not fully known. It is believed to have remained in the same family ownership for about sixty years. If this is the case, there would be very little public transactions and possibly few documented public appearances. In 1984, it was sold at a public auction in Paris. At the time, it was in unrestored condition and could have been described as the epitome of a 'barn discovery' automobile.

Six years later, having changed very little, it was offered at a second Paris auction in December of 1990. Again, the car was in very original condition. The information from that auction stated that the car had received its last oil change in '1939 at 86930km. The counter indicates 89067km.'

M. Claude Decoster of Neuilly had the highest bid at the second Paris auction. He subsequently commissioned Paris restorer Andre Le Coq to restore the car. Upon completion, the car was shown at the Louis Vuitton Classic at the Bagatelle in Paris in 1992, where it was awarded with the Breitling 'Grand Prix de l'Innovation'.

A short time later, the car crossed the Atlantic and joined the Arturo Keller collection where it remained until 2007 when it joined another important collection, returning back to Europe.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2015

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1925 Vehicle Profiles

1925 Hispano Suiza H6B vehicle information

Landaulet
Coachwork: Kellner

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1925 Hispano Suiza H6B vehicle information

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Kellner

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1925 Hispano Suiza H6B vehicle information

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Belvallette

Chassis Num: 11093
Engine Num: 301111

Saint Didier ordered chassis number 11093 for delivery on January 21st of 1925 to a Saint Didier. It wore coachwork by Parisian firm Belvallette in the transformable cabriolet style which means it has a three-position top that can allow the ve....[continue reading]

Landaulet by Kellner
 
Cabriolet by Kellner
 
Convertible Sedan by Belvallette
Chassis #: 11093 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

H6B

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
145.20 in.
6 cyl., 402.57 CID., 135.00hp
145.20 in.
6 cyl., 402.57 CID., 135.00hp
133.30 in., 145.20 in.
6 cyl., 402.57 CID., 135.00hp
145.20 in.
6 cyl., 402.57 CID., 135.00hp
133.30 in., 145.28 in.
6 cyl., 402.57 CID., 135.00hp
145.20 in.
6 cyl., 402.57 CID., 135.00hp
145.20 in.
6 cyl., 402.57 CID., 135.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Hispano Suiza
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)
1920Ford (806,040)Chevrolet (146,243)Dodge (141,000)

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