1933 Hispano-Suiza J12 cabriolet. See more pictures of classic cars.
The J12 was offered only as a rolling chassis, with massive construction and a choice of four wheelbases. The huge "square" V-12 (long stroke engine optional) was an engineering masterpiece, but burned fuel as rapidly as you'd expect in an enormously heavy car. Still, it could move the car 0-60 in 12 seconds and on past 100.
Bodywork, of course, was to customer choice, and most examples carried every luxury and convenience feature imaginable at the time. A very few were built with sporty styles, those by Saoutchik being the most memorable and striking. The J12 is a genuine international Classic of interest today only to a very fortunate few.
Pluses of the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12:
- Magnificent V-12 performance
- Hispano quality and snob appeal
- It's a Classic
Minuses of the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12:
- Too costly for mere mortals
- Old-fashioned chassis
- Parts nearly impossible
- Very thirsty
Production of the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12:
Specifications of the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12:
Wheelbase, inches: 135/146/150/158
Length, inches: 192+
Weight, pounds: 4,900-6,500
Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower (gross)||Years |
|ohv V-12||9,424 cc (575 cid)||220||1931-1938|
|ohv V-12||1,131 cc (690 cid)||250||1935-1938|
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