World’s first sports car

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    VINTAGE: 1912 Hispano Suiza Sports Car

    The new Hispano Suiza’s suspension followed convention with semi-elliptic leaf springs all around. Cable-operated drum brakes were fitted to the rear wheels only.

    Considered one of the first-ever sports cars, the Alfonso XIII was available with a basic roadster body that featured wooden fenders on the earliest examples. Some were also supplied to specialist coachbuilders to be clothed with more lavish bodies. In 1913, various revisions were carried that included the introduction of a four-speed gearbox, a longer wheelbase and rear suspension with triple quarter-elliptic leaf springs on each corner. Because of the onset of the Great War, production ceased in 1914.

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