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Year: 1935

Manufacturer: Hispano Suiza

Model: K6 Brandone

Chassis Number: 16035

Country: Singapore

Richard Magides

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1935 Hispano Suiza K6 Brandone

Hispano-Suiza K6 chassis no. 16035 was delivered by Hispano-Suiza on May 4, 1935, and sent to Carrosserie Etienne Brandone in Cannes – the premier coachbuilder on the Côte d’Azur. While not as well known today as his conspicuous Parisian competitors, Brandone’s creations were held in the highest regard, and multiple period concours wins were attested to the enduring beauty of his designs.

First trained as a sculptor and then a saddler, Brandone opened his carrosserie in 1923. His designs were always tasteful, well proportioned and boasted a certain elegant sophistication that is perfectly epitomised in this lavish K6 cabriolet. Indeed, out of ignorance, 16035 has previously been attributed to not only Saoutchik and Figoni, but also Letourneur et Marchand and Kellner – unquestionably some of the greatest coachbuilders of all time. Such was the impact this model made that it won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at the 1936 Concours d’Elegance Automobile on the Côte d’Azur.

In recent times, the restored right-hand-drive beauty has been a Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show nominee, plus has been awarded Best in Class and the Alec Ulmann Trophy twice. In addition, it was Best in Class at the 2019 Coppet Concours d’Elegance Switzerland, and won the Chairman’s Award and Most Elegant Car at the 2019 Salon Privé. It features a 140bhp, 5184cc overhead-valve inline-six engine and three-speed manual transmission.


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