It’s not every day that you get the chance to admire a car as unique and exceptional as this 1937 Hispano-Suiza K6, which was presented at the Le Mirage Concours d’Elegance. Hailing from the Demers private collection, this car was crowned with the greatest of honours, the Best of Show award, thanks to its grace and original condition.
Fundamentally, the K6 is far from an ordinary car. The only known unit is the one from the Demers collection. The story of this particular car is extraordinary, mirroring the image of the brand in its purest form.
Created for the great ones
The Hispano-Suizas were destined for society’s elite. This last unit was originally built in 1937 for those known as the “Counts of Paris,” the wealthy Coty family of France and master perfumers.
The Coty family gave up the car after an undetermined amount of time. Having acquired the favour of French high society, it now needed to establish its pedigree. History tells us that this K6 belonged to the Grosvenor family, to the Duchess of Westminster in particular.
From then on it’s practically impossible to trace the rest of the car’s history. The current owner has confirmed that the car arrived in Canada via British-Columbia and that it fell into various collectors’ hands before landing where it is today, which is a well-guarded secret.
Great men, great cars
Hispano-Suiza took its first baby steps in 1898 under artillery captain Emilio de la Cuadra.
De la Cuadra met Marc Birkigt, a Swiss engineer, in Paris and hired him on the spot. The two men produced their first gas-powered machine in Spain. Just a few months later, in 1902, the company was bought by J. Castro and was renamed Hispano-Suiza de Automóviles. Unlucky in business, he filed for bankruptcy in 1903.