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1928 Hispano-Suiza H6 B Sedanca de Ville Hibbard & Darrin

1928 Hispano-Suiza H6 B in Berkeley Square, Movie, 1933 IMDB

Class: Cars, Limousine — Model origin: FR

1928 Hispano-Suiza H6 B Sedanca de Ville  Hibbard & Darrin

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

Comments about this vehicle


Jale PL

2011-04-09 08:03


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robgeelen2 NL

2011-04-09 10:12


1928 Hispano Suiza H6B Sedanca de Ville by Hibbard & Darrin

Oviatt fan US

2011-04-12 10:59


robgeelen2 wrote 1927 Hispano Suiza H6B Sedanca de Ville by Hibbard & Darrin

robgeelen2, I would be very interested to know about the present location of this 1927 Hispano Suiza H6 B 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 06:43


Incidentally, this same (James Oviatt) Hispano Suiza appeared in MGM's "Grand Hotel" (1932) and "Arsene Lupin" (1932) -- see links below. It was also rented by actress Katherine Hepburn for her use "around town" when she first arrived in Hollywood in the early '30s. According to a magazine article of the time, Hepburn chose her chauffeur for his dark brown skin tone, which matched the Hispano Suiza's dark brown color!



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Oviatt fan US

2011-04-14 21:47


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 22:12


robgeelen2 wrote 1928 Hispano Suiza H6B Sedanca de Ville by Hibbard & Darrin

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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