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1927 Hispano-Suiza H6 B Sedanca de Ville

1927 Hispano-Suiza H6 B in Arsène Lupin, Movie, 1932 IMDB

Class: Cars, Limousine — Model origin: FR

1927 Hispano-Suiza H6 B Sedanca de Ville

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


DynaMike NL

2007-11-15 01:13


Late twenties Hispano-Suiza H6B Coupé Chauffeur.

wrenchhead US

2007-11-15 02:58


Just for my information, is a coupe chauffeur the same a a coupe de ville?

antp BE

2007-11-15 10:49


Found on http://www.buyclassiccars.com/glossary.asp
Quote COUPE CHAUFFEUR - chauffeur driven car with passengers fully enclosed and the chauffeur exposed. Body has a blind rear quarter.
COUPE DeVILLE - or "town coupe", applied imaginatively to various body styles Usually a four passenger two-door car with a permanently closed roof over the rear seats and a removable top covering the front seats.

robgeelen2 NL

2011-02-09 16:24


1928 Hispano Suiza H6B Sedanca de Ville by Hibbard & Darrin - the car survives, original delivery in the USA

Oviatt fan US

2011-04-12 11:00


robgeelen2 wrote 1927 Hispano Suiza H6B Sedanca de Ville by Hibbard & Darrin - the car survives, original delivery in the USA

robgeelen2, I would be very interested to know about the present location of this 1927 Hispano Suiza H6B Sedanca de Ville by Hibbard & Darrin. I am writing the biography of the man who was this car's first owner: James Oviatt, a wealthy menswear store owner in Los Angeles. In the early 1930s, Mr. Oviatt leased his Hispano Suiza to several movie studios via a car rental agency. (In 1933, actress Katherine Hepburn rented it for her personal use to "make an impression" in Hollywood.) Incidentally, Oviatt's Hispano Suiza was dark brown in color.

I have been trying to find out if and where this car might still exist, but have had no success. You say "the car survives". I hope you can help! Please feel free to contact me at: oviatt_2008@hotmail.com

Below is a 1928 Hibbard & Darrin factory photo of James Oviatt's Hispano Suiza H6B Sedanca de Ville:


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Oviatt fan US

2011-04-14 21:43


This Hispano Suiza H6 B Sedanca de Ville was purchased new at the 1927 Paris Salon by James Oviatt, co-founder of "Alexander & Oviatt"-- then Los Angeles's most exclusive menswear store. (The Oviatt Building in downtown L.A. is a historic landmark. See it here: www.myspace.com/oviatt_2008 ) Mr. Oviatt drove it all over Paris in the summer of 1927, then arranged to have it shipped to Los Angeles via New York.

Due to a U.S. customs dispute, Mr. Oviatt had to wait nearly a year for his car to arrive in Los Angeles. In the early 1930s, Oviatt frequently rented it out to Hollywood's movie studios (and, briefly, to actress Katharine Hepburn) for a princely sum -- right in the middle of the Great Depression.

Below is an engraving of the Oviatt Building in 1929, one year after its construction. Recognize the (rather freely rendered) car in the bottom right corner?

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Oviatt fan US

2011-04-26 22:17


There's a strong possibility that this Hispano Suiza is the one which fetched a "2nd Class J-2" prize at the 2009 'Concours Pebble Beach' (European Classic 1925-1939 Open). Some variations: James Oviatt's car originally had a rooftop luggage rack and a differently-shaped front bumper with no lights; it was dark brown in color; its roof was either dark brown or black; its windshield frame was designed differently.

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robgeelen2 NL

2011-05-03 22:14


There is no easy answer to this query. I have looked at many pics of Hibbard & Darrin bodied Hispano-Suiza. What should be realised is that often cars over the years lose parts like bumpers, lamps windows etc because they were by the standards of the day then were worn out or no longer servicable. When now it would be viable to restore them (sometimes by outright reconstruction), this was not always the case. Likewise many subsequent restorations do not always guarantee that a car has been reconstructed as they were when new. For example, I would not be surprised to see all traces of the roofrack disappear, as few people would find it attractive. The original bumper is similar to many obviously fitted as standard by Hibbard & Darrin. To really find out the traces you would have to research all steps in the life of a car to establish if this is the one. Certainly the car shown in light blue and black with beige top on http://www.coachbuild.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=124&t=633 appears in many things similar, and it could be the same, either of the two (in a different age), or a third car altogether.

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