1912 Hispano-Suiza Alfonso XIII


1912 Hispano-Suiza Alfonso XIII

1912 Hispano-Suiza Alfonso XIII

Alfonso XIII, King of Spain, took a great liking the Hispano-Suiza marque. At times, he was known to have over 30 fine examples in his fleet. Recognizing his loyalty, the Company renamed the Type 15T to the Alfonso XIII.

This small raceabout was a sucessfull in motorsport and won many voiturette races around France. The lightweight nature of the car combined with simple mechanics kept the Alfonso racing into the 1920s.

1912 Hispano-Suiza Alfonso XIII Gallery

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Water Cooled, Cast Iron, Inline-4
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
displacement 3620 cc / 220.9 in³
bore 80 mm / 3.15 in
stroke 180 mm / 7.09 in
power 47.7 kw / 64.0 bhp @ 2300 rpm
specific output 17.68 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
front tires 885×105
rear tires 885×105
front brakes None
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Drums
r brake size mm / in
steering Worm & Sector
f suspension Rigid Axle w/Semi Elliptic Leaf Springs
r suspension Live Axle w/Semi Elliptic Leaf Springs
curb weight 660 kg / 1455 lbs
wheelbase 2650 mm / 104.3 in
front track 1220 mm / 48.0 in
rear track 1295 mm / 51.0 in
transmission 3-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
final drive 3.00:1
top speed ~120.7 kph / 75.0 mph

Auction Sales History

 

1912 Hispano-Suiza Alfonso XIII

1911 Hispano-Suiza “King Alfonso XIII” Double Berline 718

Chassis 718 is a perfect example of sympathetic preservation. Any early example of the Hispano-Suiza marque is something special that should garner extra attention, but as a special long-wheelbase example of the revered Alfonso XIII, it is likely that there are no other direct comparisons to be had. Like the casks of wine which surrounded it for so much of its life, this 1913 Hispano-Suiza “Alfonso XIII” Double Berline has gotten better with age. It is, truly, one of the greatest antiques in existence.

Auction Source: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions