Hispano Suiza H6B

Mechanical Notes

Supercharger added to engine by Auto Restorations.

History

When introduced at the Paris Automobile Salon in 1919, the H6 was acknowledged as the most advanced automobile design in the world. The H6 had a 6-cylinder aluminum engine with 7 main bearings, full pressure lubrication, an overhead camshaft, and a 12-volt electrical system. Stopping power came from 4-wheel drum brakes, massive 16-inch aluminum drums with advanced, cast-in steel liners, the car also holds a patent for power-assisted brakes. These advanced engineering features set the Hispano Suiza H6 apart from its luxury auto making competitors such as Bentley, Isotta Fraschini and Rolls Royce, and were not matched by the competition until well into the 1920s.

Every Hispano Suiza was unique, custom built by the finest coach builders of the era. As an auto maker Hispano Suiza is widely respected for having created some of the most elegant and exquisite vehicles of the early twentieth century. They were certainly the most expensive automobile sold in Europe at the time, the exquisite hand-built bodies were the ultimate status symbol for the rich and famous of the era.

About 2,500 of the Hispano-Suiza H6 were built from 1919—1934.