Westrand Car Show -1929 Hispano-Suiza T49 Cabriole

Hispano-Suiza 1898 – 1946


The forerunner to Hispano-Suiza, which in English means Spanish-Swiss, built electrically driven cars from 1898.

It was a Spanish automotive and engineering company formed by a Spanish Military man by the name of de La Cuadra. The Company was then called La Cuadra. Shortly thereafter a man by the name of Marc Birkigt was employed by de La Cuadra and the first petrol driven Hispano-Suiza was produced.

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The company did not perform well and twice changed hands before, in 1904 “La Hispano-Suiza Fabrica de Automoviles” was formed in Barcelona. Hispano-Suiza opened a factory in France and had several factories in Spain.

They produced big powerful luxury cars, military equipment and aircraft engines. In those early days They used big six-cylinder engines plus a 3.8 litre and a huge 7.4 litre 4 cylinder engine. Most of the luxury cars came out of the French factory while much of the military manufacturing took place in Spain.

In 1940, Hispano-Suiza, together with bankers and  a group of Spanish industrial companies, founded the ‘Sociedad Ibérica de Automóviles de Turismo’ (S.I.A.T.). This led to Spain’s first mass-production car maker, SEAT.

 After the civil war, Hispano-Suiza was severely affected by the devastated economy and the trade embargoes imposed by the allies and in 1946, Hispano-Suiza sold off its Spanish automotive assets to ENASA, the maker of Pegaso trucks, and from then they concentrated on the aerospace industry.

The brand saw an attempt at a revival in the automotive sector with the showing of a model at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. However, the planned production never materialised.

In a surprise move in 2019 the Hispano-Suiza name again appeared at the Geneva Motor Show at the unveiling of the Hispano-Suiza All Electric “Carmen”. The Carmen will be the subject of another post.

The mascot statuette atop the radiator after World War I was the stork, the symbol of the French province of Alsace, taken from the squadron emblem painted on the side of a Hispano-Suiza powered fighter aircraft that had been flown in World War I

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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FEATURED IMAGE 1929 Hispano-Suiza T49 Cabriolet – Ritzsite.net [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1922 Hispano-Suiza – GPS 56 from New Zealand [CC BY 2.0]
1925 Hispano-Suiza T49 Coupe de Ville – Museo de Historia de la Automoción de Salamanca [CC BY-SA 2.0]
1928 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabrio – nemor2 from Stuttgart, Germany [CC BY 2.0]
1928 Hispano-Suiza HS26 Junior Ballot – Stahlkocher [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1929 Hispano-Suiza – a_marga Madrid, Spain [CC BY-SA 2.0]
1934 Hispano-Suiza H6 – M.v.Volante [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1934 Hispano-Suiza K6 Berline – nemor2 [CC BY 2.0]
1937 Hispano-Suiza K6 Henri Chapron Coach builder – Rex Gray [CC BY 2.0]
Hispano-Suiza Hood Emblem – Nave.notnilc [CC BY-SA 3.0]