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Here’s a little information about the beautiful 1938 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza H6B Xenia which was on screen at the 2022 Concours of Magnificence. Just seem at it. Wow. Lovely. A person of our favorite cars and trucks of all time. You can see much more Concours of Elegance information, opinions, videos and galleries here.

André Dubonnet was heir to the Dubonnet apéritif fortune and the person dependable for this amazing vehicle.  He served in the Stork squadron of the French Air Pressure throughout Entire world War 1 and is credited with five aerial victories. He was an accomplished sportsman way too and was passionate about motor racing.

Dubonnet was also an inventor and working with engineer Antoine-Marie Chedru, patented a four-wheel unbiased ‘hyperflex’ suspension method in 1927 that he promoted as acquiring the ‘suppleness of a cat’.  It would be employed in various forms by General Motors, Fiat, Delahaye and Alfa Romeo.

Dubonnet essential a rolling showcase for his suggestions and bought an extensively modified Hispano-Suiza chassis he’d observed at the 1932 Paris Salon. The automobile was intended by Jean Andreau, who’d manufactured his identify developing avant-garde streamlined plane and vehicles.

This Hispano-Suiza H6B was meant to have a V12 motor, a thing the organization had experience of possessing crafted 50,000 fighter planes that were so-geared up.  However, the new engine was so strong with only 6 cylinders that Hispano-Suiza proceeded without the need of the other lender of cylinders. The engine block and cylinder head were constructed completely from aluminium, with the valves-which stood vertically in the block – driven by a single overhead camshaft. In spite of the opportunity for horrendous hurt from this novel setup, Hispano-Suiza persisted mainly because not one particular of its V12 aero engines had dropped a valve. The brakes, in the meantime, have been ability-assisted and utilized a patented servo program that applied the car’s momentum to decrease pace, with braking aid having electricity from the gearbox which drove a shaft at 1/64th of the engine’s speed.

In 1938 Dubonnet used renowned coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik to build the revolutionary overall body you see listed here-Dubonnet’s fifth prototype endeavor-that he named Xenia just after his late spouse.  Xenia was hidden in the course of Entire world War Two and did not reappear until eventually June 9,1946 at the opening of the Saint Cloud tunnel exterior Paris.  Alain Balleret, president of the French Hispano-Suiza Club, bought Xenia in the 1960s and experienced it restored.

In 1999 an American, Charles Morse, acquired the auto at auction, and would keep it for just a few many years prior to Peter Mullin bought the Xenia in 2003. Right now, this vehicle is portion of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.