'38 Hispano Suiza takes noteworthy design honors at Hampton Court Palace Concours

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'38 Hispano Suiza takes noteworthy design honors at Hampton Court Palace Concours

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'38 Hispano Suiza takes noteworthy design honors at Hampton Court Palace Concours

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Six years after claiming Best of Show honors, the 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia from the Mullin Automotive Museum collection received the Bridge of Weir Design Award at the 2022 Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance.

Sponsored by world renowned leather supplier Bridge of Weir and honoring its interior and exterior design, the award was presented to the vehicle’s owner, Merle Mullin.

The Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia was a one-off vehicle designed by André Dubonnet, inventor, racecar driver and World War I fighter pilot. Dubonnet wanted a car that showcased his innovative inventions and aerodynamic designs, the foremost of which was a coil spring hyperflex suspension later adopted by Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Buick and others.

An H6 Hispano Suiza engine powers the car, and the body was designed by aerodynamics expert Jean Andreau, later built and engineered by luxury coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik.

“We are grateful to receive the Bridge of Weir Design Award in the company of so many pristine vehicles and on the beautiful grounds of the Hampton Court Palace,” said Mullin Automotive Museum Founder and CEO Peter Mullin. “There is a sense of validation to see the Dubonnet Xenia’s story and aesthetic continue to delight Concours judges and audiences from around the world.”

The Dubonnet Xenia was hidden through World War II and reappeared for the first time leading the French opening of the Saint Cloud Highway Tunnel outside Paris in 1946. The car was purchased by the French Hispano Suiza Club President and restored in the 1960s. Acquired by Peter and Merle Mullin in 2003, it now resides at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California.

For more information about this car and others in the Mullin collection, click HERE.

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