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  Hispano Suiza J12 Fernandez & Darrin Berline
 

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Country of origin:Spain
Produced in:1936
Numbers built:around 120
Introduced at:1931 Paris Motor Show
Internal name:T68
Designed by:Fernandez & Darrin
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAt the 1931 Paris Motorshow Hispano Suiza showed all new car with a big V12 engine, the J12. The engine was big in displacement only because the designers managed to built a compact engine using the know-how gathered building airplane engines. The overhead valvetrain was very advanced for its time with revolutionary features like natrium cooled exhaust valves.

The Barcelona based company was responsible for the building the chassis and drivetrain, seperate coachbuilders were responsible for the bodies. Today only 44 J12s are known to exist.

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