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About Quiz #388: 1923 Hispano Suiza pace-car "Aerodynamic Terramar Special"

About Quiz #388: 1923 Hispano Suiza "Aerodynamic Terramar Special"

Last week quiz was apparently too difficult for most of you. We have received only two answers… and both correct, but with a difference: One was completely correct, while the other one said mistakenly “only two cars were produced”. But sorry, this car a one off. Built in 1923 for the opening day of the sensational Terramar Oval Circuit (located just outside Sitges, near Barcelona). This aerodynamic racer is a very special Hispano-Suiza designed by the engineer Jacques Koch. The car was made by mixing parts from some of the models produced at that time at Barcelona: the chassis was from a 16 HP model, conveniently lightened and shortened to 3,5 meters. The engine used was from the Type 32 “España”, with 4.712 cc. The body was carefully created in aluminium (photo 2) and in the first tests the car reached easily 150 km/h… but actually it was never raced. As Salvador Claret tell us “ It was used only as “Pilot car” (pace car) in the opening race of Terramar, as it was reserved only to 1.500 cc cars” (Photo 3). The career of the car finished  prematurely at the next day, when it was crashed into a ditch during testing at the circuit (photo 4). Congratulations to Salvador! Please send us your size and mail address so we can send you your well-earned T-shirt.  (text Francisco Carrión)

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