conceptcarz.com
Hispano Suiza Gallery

1934 Hispano Suiza J12

Share on:

Hispano-Suiza had Swiss and Spanish origins and a parallel manufacturing base in France. Marc Birkigt, a Swiss engineer, had designed the Barcelona-built Castro, which later became the basis for the first Hispano-Suiza of 1904. Through the years, he fostered a reputation for building everything from T-head fours, overhead-cam engines, a water-cooled V-8, and the H6.

Near the close of the 1920s, the multi-cylinder wars were escalating, as engines were growing larger and more powerful. Birkigt was determined to build one of his own, and in 1929 he began work on what would eventually become the J12, Type 68. The engine was a new design with 12 cylinders and pushrod overhead valves, twin alloy cylinder blocks mounted on a common crankcase, and a seven-main-bearing crankshaft with side-by-side connecting rods. It had a very large displacement size, nearly reaching 9.5 liters, and convex pistons resulted in horsepower of 220, and rubber engine mounts were adopted for the first time. A larger 11-liter V12 became available in 1935.

In the summer of 1931, a prototype chassis was tested, and the Type 68 was shown at the Paris Salon that autumn. On September 18, 1931, The Autocar road-tested the new J-12 at the Brooklands circuit where it did a complete lap at 95 mph, with a top speed of 108.67.

The Hispano-Suiza J12s was offered only as a rolling chassis available in a choice of four wheelbases. These over-engineered vehicles offered near-silent operation and were among the most expensive automobiles at the time.

The J12 sold well into 1938 until the company returned to aircraft production. During its production lifespan, a total of 120 examples were built.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

Related Reading : Hispano Suiza J12 History

The French automaker Hispano-Suiza was among the elite in luxury car production and the leaders of style, innovation, and design. The reputation was solidified in history with the legendary H6 series including the H6B and H6C. Their destiny in history as one of the greatest producers of automobiles during the 1930s was secured with the introduction of the J-12 Type 68 in 1931. That was the same year....
Continue Reading >>

1934 Vehicle Profiles

1934 Hispano Suiza J12 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanvooren
1934 Hispano Suiza J12 vehicle information
Pillarless Saloon
Coachwork: Vanvooren
1934 Hispano Suiza J12 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanvooren
1934 Hispano Suiza J12 vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Fernandez & Darrin
1934 Hispano Suiza J12 vehicle information
Coupe de Ville
Coachwork: Fernandez & Darrin

Chassis Num: 14036

Performance and Specification Comparison

J12

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
134.00 in.
12 cyl., 575.00 CID., 220.00hp
134.00 in., 150.00 in., 157.75 in.
12 cyl., 575.00 CID., 220.00hp
135.00 in., 147.00 in.
12 cyl., 575.00 CID., 220.00hp
135.00 in., 146.00 in., 157.80 in.
12 cyl., 575.00 CID., 220.00hp
146.50 in.
12 cyl., 575.15 CID., 220.00hp
106.70 in.
12 cyl., 575.09 CID., 200.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Hispano Suiza
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
1937Chevrolet (815,375)Ford (765,933)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Brewster (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Miller (210,824)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)

Related Automotive News

Bugatti wins several times at Concorso d'Eleganza with the 'Best of Show' award, the 'Fiva Trophy'and the 'Design award'

Bugatti wins several times at Concorso d'Eleganza with the 'Best of Show' award, the 'Fiva Trophy'and the 'Design award'

A Bugatti Type 57S Vanvooren Cabriolet has been named Best of Show at the annual Concorso dEleganza on the shores of Lake Como – one of four awards handed to Bugatti vehicles at the event. Other winners included a Type 59 Sports racing...
Past Best of Show Winners at The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Past Best of Show Winners at The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

overview1 The 70th anniversary of the Pebble Beach Concours dElegance celebrated with a spectacular display of previous Best of Show winners. Thirty-seven examples graced the showfield and many were still with the same owners who raised the trophy...

World-First Driveline, Breakthrough Transmission, Four New Engines Mark Milestone Model-Year For Chrysler Group

Worlds first front-wheel-drive-based 4x4 system with rear-axle disconnect Worlds first nine-speed automatic transmission – one of three new gearboxes New 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8, mightiest gasoline engine in heavy-duty pickup segment New 3.0-liter...
75 years ago: triple victory for Mercedes-Benz in Tripoli

75 years ago: triple victory for Mercedes-Benz in Tripoli

Spectacular launch of the W 154 Silver Arrow Hermann Lang is victorious on the Mellaha course in Libya Stuttgart – A triple victory was secured for Mercedes-Benz and the then new W 154 twelve-cylinder racing car on 15 May 1938. Hermann...
HONDA EARTH DREAMS TECHNOLOGY ENGINES NAMED AMONG WARD'S 10 BEST ENGINES FOR 2013

HONDA EARTH DREAMS TECHNOLOGY ENGINES NAMED AMONG WARD'S 10 BEST ENGINES FOR 2013

Honda Earth Dreams Technology Engines Named Among Wards 10 Best Engines for 2013 4-cylinder and V-6 engines from all-new 2013 Accord honored TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 - Two Honda Earth DreamsTM Technology engines powering the all-new...