1937 Hispano- Suiza H-6C “Xenia” Coupe
Andre Dubonnet did many things in his life. Among others, he drove and raced many cars, but his favorites were Hispanos. The stunning Xenia Coupe was intended as a rolling showcase of Dubonet's ideas and it was designed by Jean Andreau. One-of-a kind, four-passenger avant-garde coupe was inspired by aircraft designs and it featured Dubonnet's own hyperflex suspension, 6.5 liter Hispano Suiza engine and was capable of 125 mph. The streamlined body was crafted by Saoutchik. In 1939, when World War II began, the Xenia was hidden away but it re-emerged in 1946. Long, wide and massive, with a cockpit clearly inspired by aircraft practice, the Dubonnet Hispano Suiza evokes yesterday's vision of the future. She can be seen at Portland Art Museum as a part of the Allure of the Automobile exhibit.