1934 Hispano-Suiza K6
The first K6 or 30HP was released on 1st August 1934. The model was available in two frame lengths, the shorter still boasting a 3420m wheelbase, the longer reserved for the “Coupé-Chauffeur” at 371 cm.
The K6 replaced the Ballot or Junior model with a new small six-cylinder engine. It was offered as a less-expensive alternative to the J12, but still had the refinement and chassis lengths of the flagship model.
Marc Birkigt designed the new 5.2-liter engine with detachable cylinder heads which featured over-head valves. It produced around 120 bhp and was capable of speeds up to 140 kph depending on bodywork.
Much of the chassis design was similar to the J12 with a fully-rigid suspension and cable-operated brakes that were powered by a servo assistance.
Despite being the cheaper Hispano-Suiza chassis, many K6s received more striking bodies than even the exclusive J12. Thus they maintained the prestige of the brand and offered a French alternative to the American and British imports.
See full 1934 Hispano-Suiza K6 Gallery here
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|valvetrain||Pushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl|
|displacement||5184 cc / 316.3 in³|
|power||89.5 kw / 120 bhp @ 2200 rpm|
|specific output||23.15 bhp per litre|
|body / frame||Steel over Steel Ladder-Type Frame|
|wheelbase||3721 mm / 146.5 in|
|top speed||~140 kph / 86.94 mph|
|0 – 100 kph||~19.0 seconds|