Hispano Suiza Cars, a reincarnation of Hispano Suiza, founded in 1904 and defunct in 1968, wants to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the brand name in 2024. The manufacturer wants to build a special car for this. To design it, it joined forces with students from the ‘Istituto Europeo di Design’ in Turin. They came up with some ideas.
The students were tasked with designing a modern version of the Hispano Suiza Alfonso XIII (photo 12), a car built especially for the Spanish king of the same name at the beginning of the 20th century. The result is a whole range of different designs. While the Alfonso XIII was an open two-seater, some students changed course for the reincarnation and drew cars with a fixed roof. Still, the vast majority remained true to their origins: the ‘Anvil’, ‘Cigueña’, ‘Montserrat’, ‘Duma’ and ‘Hortensia’ are examples of open two-seaters without a windscreen. One of the most striking designs is the ‘Lucia’, where the front of the car is largely separated from the cabin.
It is not yet clear which design Hispano Suiza will eventually use for the anniversary model. In any case, the company does not shy away from idiosyncratic designs. The Carmen unveiled in 2020 and its derivative Carmen Boulogne are good examples of this. The latter costs at least €1.65 million euros and has a power of 1,114 hp. The first copies of this should be delivered to customers this year.
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