September 24, 2011

Blackhawk Spotlight - Hispano-Suiza H6C Tulipwood Torpedo

This 1924 Hispano-Suiza must be one of the most stunning classics I have ever seen. The wood work is amazing. The beautifully curved fenders and copper elements complements the torpedo body very well. This H6C powered chassis was sent to Nieuport Astra Aviation in the early 20's. There, a lightweight body (160 pounds) was built of tulipwood held together with brass rivets. A 200 hp 8 liter straight "six", servo-assisted brakes and a 46 gallon fuel tank stored in the tail complete the package. The car was commissioned by Andre Dubonnet with the goal of competing in the 1924 Targa Florio where it finished 6th. It was later modified for road use.

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Source: Photographed by the author at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, Danville, California.

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