1924 Hispano-Suiza Features Tulipwood

May 01, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum. by Glenn Franco Simmons
This 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk, where this vehicle was displayed at the time the photo was taken.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum. "Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer. Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds. The torpedo tail enclosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing. In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class in this one-of-a-kind vintage beauty that boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke. It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm. When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars. It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.

 


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