Hispano Suiza of Spain was one of the great European marques. Marc Birkigt, a Swiss engineer, and Damian Mateu, a Swiss banker, started the company in 1904. Birkigt's first designs resembled race-abouts powered by 3.0 and 4.5 liter, inline-4 engines. The sporting nature of Hispano Suiza attracted King Alfonso who bought more than 30 cars during production.
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