1928 Hispano Suiza
The Hispano Suiza originated in Spain, but was also manufactured in France. While the Spain market was larger, over the years France produced more of the cars. When the H6B model was designed in 1919 it was an immediate success. It was the last word in advanced transport for the rich. The engine was the outcome of the company's experience of aircraft engine manufacture during World War I, a field in which it was already famous. This engine gave 135 brake horsepower at 3,000 RPM. A 7 bearing, pressure-fed crankshaft coped with the power. A good power to weight ratio was combined with reliability, according to the best aviation practice. The chassis was light, yet rigid and extremely efficient. Servo-assisted four wheel brakes were provided to check the 85 mile per hour which was available on top gear. The engine developed such excellent low speed torque that 6 to 50 MPH in top gear took only 21 seconds.