1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet Le Dandy by Chapron, The new and technically advanced Hispano-Suiza H6 was introduced in 1919. Ample power was delivered by the 6,597-cc, overhead-camshaft six designed by Marc Birkigt, derived from one half of a proposed V-12 aero engine. The engine itself was built in unit with the three-speed gearbox and featured a pressure-lubricated crankshaft with seven main bearings and aluminum-alloy pistons in steel-sleeved cylinders screwed into the light-alloy block. A substantial 135 hp was available at 2,500 rpm, and the virtually flat torque curve ensured that walking-pace to 85 mph could be accomplished in top gear alone. The model was the sensation of the Paris Auto Salon. The chassis was light, rigid, and very modern due to a four-wheel braking system that provided stopping power to match the advanced engine and drivetrain. Overall, the H6 offered a level of performance, handling, flexibility, and reliability that in a single-stroke, elevated Hispano-Suiza to become a full-fledged competitor of the finest marques: Isotta-Fraschini, Packard, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce. It was no coincidence that King Alfonso of Spain was an early and avid Hispano customer. Soon, the finest coachbuilders in Europe were busy creating luxurious and dashing bodies on the big Hispano chassis as royalty, those of great means, and the merely wealthy flocked to own one of these magnificent automobiles. The H6 was revised and improved in 1921 and became the H6B, which would remain in production until 1933, the final models consisting of the bored-out H6C with an engine capacity of 7,982-cc that had been introduced in 1924. When production ended, 2,158 chassis of all types had been completed.
Henri Chapron opened his enterprise in 1919, coincidentally the year Hispano-Suiza introduced the H6. The company quickly acquired a reputation for quality work, and by 1929, no less than 250 artisans worked to manufacture approximately 500 bodies per year. #hispanosuizacars #hispanosuizacarsofficial #spain #barcelona #france #guadalajara #theone #beauty #style #cars #classic #classicars #classicdriver text and pictures by www.rmsothebys.com