The history of
Hispano Suiza

Founded in Barcelona in 1904, by Damián Mateu and Marc Birkigt, Hispano Suiza is a proud Spanish car brand owned by four generations of the Suqué Mateu family.

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Historical Moments

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1904

Founding of the brand

1907

First 6-cylinder model

1911

Factory in France

1916

Creation of the 32 HP model

1923

Subsidiary in France

1931

THE HS J12 – TYPE 68 IS LAUNCHED

1934

PRESENTATION OF THE K6

1937

T60 ENGINES

1940

THE SAGRERA PLANT RESUMES ACTIVITY

1944

INI AND NATIONALISATION

1946

EXPROPRIATION

1950

NEW VENTURES IN BARCELONA

1953

THE END OF THE DREAM

1985

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP GRAN CASINO DE BARCELONA

1994

THE BOOK HISPANO SUIZA, LOS ORÍGENES DE UNA LEYENDA IS PUBLISHED

1998

HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY SINCE THE BIRTH OF MIQUEL MATEU I PLA

2000

THE HS21 CONCEPT CAR IS PRESENTED IN GENEVA

2002

THE HS21-GTS PROTOTYPE IS PRESENTED IN GENEVA

2004

100 YEARS OF HISPANO SUIZA

2007

HISPANO SUIZA SQUARE, BARCELONA

2011

1ST PUNTO RADIO - CATALONIA CLASSIC CAR RALLY

2018

1ST HISPANO-SUIZA VUELTA A ESPAÑA

1905

First production

1908

Alfonso XIII

1913

First engines for aviation

1917

New factory in Guadalajara

1929

Participation in events

1932

CREATION OF THE HISPANO SUIZA DUBONNET XENIA PROTOTYPE

1935

DEATH OF DAMIÁN MATEU

1938

DUBONNET XENIA, VERSION TWO

1942

PRODUCTION OF THE AIRCRAFT ENGINE TYPE 89

1945

DOWNFALL

1949

THE HISPANO-SUIZA A11 PROJECT

1952

A11 TESTING STARTS

1972

DEATH OF MIQUEL MATEU I PLA

1993

1ST PARIS-BARCELONA RALLY

1995

PROTAGONISTAS VINTAGE CAR RALLY

1999

HOMAGE TO HISPANO SUIZA AT AUTO RETRO MOTOR SHOW

2001

THE K8 CONCEPT CAR IS PRESENTED IN GENEVA

2003

2ND BARCELONA-PARIS RALLY

2005

HISPANO SUIZA BIARRITZ-SAN SEBASTIAN RALLY

2008

HISPANO SUIZA AND THE SALVADOR CLARET COLLECTION

2014

DAMIÁN MATEU BISA 150th anniversary

2019

PRESENTATION OF CARMEN AT THE INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW IN GENEVA

Hispano Suiza logos

The Hispano Suiza logo contains a host of references to the brand’s proud history. Originally, the company was identified by its stork-in-flight emblem, a reference to the company’s prowess in producing aero engines in the early 1900s.

Between 1904 and 1946, the company built more than 50,000 aircraft engines – the stork represents speed and flight. Later, the logo developed to incorporate the stork’s wings set against the Spanish and Swiss flags, in recognition of the company’s founders – the Spaniard Damián Mateu and Swiss Marc Birkigt.

Today, the new Hispano Suiza logo has been refined to reflect the clean lines and technological superiority of the latest generation of the company’s vehicles.

Previous models

1910

T15

1910

T60 RLA

1911

ALFONSO XIII

1914

1914

T24

1922

b 32 cv. Skiff Labourdette

1924

H6 46 CV

1924

T49

1924

H6B

1924

H6C SPORT

1925

H6 B32 CV LAUDAULET

1925

T60 RLA

1930

CHASSIS 14 CV

1930

T64

1930

LIMUSINA T60 RLA

1933

J12 T68 BIS

1034

K6

1934

BERLINA DE VONVOOREN

1935

T60 SEDAN

1935

T60 FAETÓN

1936

K6 T 70 30 CABRIOLET

Hispano Suiza Club

The Hispano Suiza Club celebrates all-things ‘Hispano Suiza’ from the earliest vehicles built by the company right up to the modern day.

It provides a focal point for promotion of historic models and machinery, plus provides a community for like-minded fans of the brand to share research and hold events.

Rallies

One of the activities of the Hispano Suiza Club was organized some rallys

- In 1993 collectors and fans of the historical brand organise the 1st Hispano Suiza Paris

- Barcelona Rally, held between 16 and 22 May 1993, with the participation of 30 French and Spanish vehicles

Expositions

Other of the activities of the Hispano Suiza Club was organized or participated in some expsotitions and motor shows

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