#7455 Hispano-Suiza H6B Million-Guiet Dual Cowl Phaeton (1924) Louwman Museum
Hispano-Suiza H6B Million-Guiet Dual Cowl Phaeton (1924) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
Hispano-Suiza means 'Spanish-Swiss'; the company was the result of a collaboration, around 1900, between the Spanish electric-car manufacturer Emilio de la Cuadra and the Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt. Pale blue is not the colour you would normally expect to see on a car such as this. Nevertheless, the Parisian coachbuilder Million-Guiet was commissioned by Norma Talmadge in 1924 to build this Dual Cowl Phaeton, based on a Hispano-Suiza H6B. Norma Talmadge was a very popular American movie star of the 1920s; her brother-in-law was the famous actor and comedian Buster Keaton. Hispano-Suiza produced cars and lorries, moving on to aircraft engines a little later. Initially the factory was situated in Spain, but as many orders came in from France, a branch was also opened in Paris. The H6 was the first all-French model. The flying stork, which graced the radiator of each Hispano-Suiza after
World War I, was the squadron mascot of the French fighter ace Georges Guynemer. During the war he flew a SPAD biplane,
which was powered by a Hispano-Suiza V8.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.