Legacy Motors Presents List & Reviews George Dill
New News New Releases Car List & Reviews Legacy Motors Auctions Forums Features Register FAQs Clubs
  Full Car List & Reviews  ·  New Releases  ·  Upcoming Releases  ·  1:43 Maker List  ·  Mr. Magneto Site Map
 
Purchase this model here
Read Review
Photography
 
 

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C Scale Model

Reviewed by:   Design Addict
     
  Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car
 
 
 

About the car...

This breathtaking work of art was conceptualized by Andre Dubonnet, heir to the Dubonnet aperitif business, successful race car driver and WWI fighter pilot.

Strikingly, the Xenia featured curved glass on all windows, a panoramic windscreen, gullwing windows and extraordinary "suicide" doors. More than a design revolution, this vehicle has a remarkable history including its forced relocation and hiding during WWII and more recently, numerous "Best of Show" honors at the leading automotive events in the world.

Far ahead of its time, the Xenia resembles the fuselage of an airplane with a slender, tapered shape and pointed tail. A new parallel opening door system was used as part of the aerodynamic design and special attention was given to the undercarriage for clean air movement. The curved glass of the windshield and doors are reminiscent of airplane-styling and the panoramic windscreen and removal top were exceptionally futuristic. It featured an 8 liter overhead-valve inline 6 engine capable of 144bhp in standard form. Further, this 1938 car was designed to reach 125mph which rivaled any car of the time and had a cutting-edge four-wheel independent suspension.

The innovative suspension technology mounted each front wheel on a single arm that extended forward from the kingpin, while a pair of oil-filled, coil spring cylinders offered resistance and swiveled as each wheel turned, improving rise and handling. This original suspension system was later licensed by General Motors and used on its Chevrolet and Pontiac brands. Dubonnet designed his steel masterpiece at 19ft long and claimed that his Hispano-Suiza hyperflex suspension system would give it the “suppleness of a cat”.

(02/05/2012)
 
 
  Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

Minichamps 1:18 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet *Xenia* H6C diecast car

 
 
See this review in a printer-friendly format
 
   
 

Rate or Review this model
 
Minichamps | MULLIN MUSEUM | 1:18
Minichamps 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia H6C diecast car

1938 Hispano-Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia View photo of Minichamps 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia H6C diecast car

Year: 1938 Color: Silver
Make: Hispano-Suiza Code: MP107-091020
Model: Dubonnet Xenia H6C
  Our Price: $295.00    Points to Redeem: 4214
  Comments: High End Fine Resin Model


     
     

New News  ·  List & Reviews  ·  Legacy Motors  ·  Auctions  ·  Forums  ·  Polls  ·  Features  ·  Register  ·  FAQs  ·  Clubs

Copyright © 2014 Legacy Diecast Models and Diecast Zone