Classic AutoRAI 99: pre-war cars:
Hispano-Suiza & Lancia
Pre-war prestige marque
Hispano-Suiza maintained actually two factories: one in Barcelona, Spain and one in
Boulogne, France. The Spain plant was the original while the French one was set up as a
subsidiary, but soon they developed quite different model ranges. The Barcelona factory
made rather normal middle class cars while the one in Boulogne made expensive and exotic
vehicles like the 1919 H6 classic with the big 6 cylinder 6.6 litre engine and of course
the 1931 Type 68 with its monstrous 9.4 litre V12.
This K6 is the more
mundane brother of the Type 68. It was introduced in 1933 and produced in in the Boulogne
factory up to 1939. It was fitted with a 6 cylinder 5.2 litre in-line engine with overhead
valves operated by pushrods. The Barcelona factory made a quite similar engine with a
displacement of only 3 litre up to 1943.
The K6 was meant for the rich that couldn't afford the Type 68 and very often featured very exuberant bodywork by the leading designers of those days. From a drivers point of view it was a rather boring car without any sporty characteristics.
The K6 on these pictures has a rather standard but nice Coupé bodywork.
Former FIAT racing driver
Vincenzo Lancia made his name as a car manufacturer in 1922 with the Lambda, one of the
first cars to feature self-supporting bodywork. But Lancia had started out in 1906,
building all sorts of cars with engines ranging from 4 cylinder units up to V12s (as soon
as in 1918).
This Gamma model was one of
Lancia's first racing cars. It featured a 3460 cc 4 cylinder in-line engine with side
valves and produced 20 hp.
This car is a very fine example of a vintage, pioneer racing car. It's beautifully restored with very much attention for detail.
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