Concours-winning 1927 Hispano-Suiza T49 by Mulliner for sale

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Rare coach-built pre-war car up for sale on bring-a-trailer

We spotted this 1927 Hispano-Suiza T49 Sports Saloon on bringatrailer and were astounded by the fact that this 91 year old car remains unrestored and still running – and has had just four owners over its near-century of life.

Featuring coachwork by famed H.J. Mulliner, the Hispano-Suiza was purchased new from Albemarle Motors in London by Colonel Guy Geddes.

The car remained under Geddes’ ownership until his death in 1955.

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After two additional long-term owners, the car was purchased by its current owner in 2014, and remains in complete original and unrestored condition.

Featuring its original 3.7lt overhead cam inline-six and three-speed manual transmission, the car also still bears its completely original and untouched interior as well as its Weymann-type fabric-covered wooden framework.

The Hispano-Suiza went to Pebble Beach in 2015, and took out second place in the Pre-War Preservation Class, and in 2017 was honoured as the Best Preserved Car at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

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That same year, it also earned the Federation International des Vehicules Anciens Preservation Award for its unrestored and stunningly original state.

The car is now based in St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France and is being sold online complete with its original registration records, owner’s manual and UK registration (DVLA V5).

Included with the extensive history and documentation files is a hand-written letter dated 1957, from Hispano-Suiza expert George Briand, as well as service notes indicating that the car has been serviced throughout its life.

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Under the custodianship of its second owner from 1956-1972, the car was reportedly off the road and in storage due to suffering an Autovac vacuum-operated fuel feed system failure. However, documents state that while in storage, the car was started weekly and polished.

When the third owner purchased the car in 1972, the car was reconditioned and put back on the road, after the silencer and Autovac system were rebuilt (to original design specs).

The car has appeared at numerous concours and classic car events including:

  • 2018 Concours d’Elegance Suisse – Best Preserved Car
  • 2017 Concourso d’Eleganza Ville d’Este – FIVA Preservation Award
  • 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – Second place: Pre-War Preservation Class

With just two days of bidding left, the current bid stands at $55,013 (assumed to be in USD$).

That equates to AUD$77,571 which, while not cheap, seems pretty bloody good for a concours-winning former Pebble Beach competitor!

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