Sculpted 1938 Hispano Suiza wins top prize at Rodeo Drive Concours

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The 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia was coachbuilt by Saoutchik | Rodeo Drive Conccours
The 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia was coachbuilt by Saoutchik | Rodeo Drive Conccours

An evocatively streamlined 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia was declared Best of Show at the 25th anniversary Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance held Sunday in Beverly Hills, California.

With a one-of-a-kind Art Deco body sculpted by Jacques Saoutchik and inspired by Jacques Dubonnet, a World War I flying ace, racing driver and Olympic athlete who designed the car’s independent suspension, the Hispano is owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

More than 30,000 people swarmed the famous luxury-shopping street to view about 100 rare and exotic cars on display in what has become a Fathers’ Day tradition.  The concours, which is free to spectators, included 50 silver cars – such as the Hispano Suiza – to mark the event’s silver anniversary.

Concours chairman Bruce Meyers noted the wide variety of automobiles on display including European classics, luxury sedans, muscle cars and supercars spread along an entire block of Rodeo Drive.

“I am especially proud of the diversity of the cars we had on display today, offering selections for every car enthusiast’s interest and passion,” Meyers said in a news release. “It’s our goal to expose as many people as possible to both Beverly Hills and the world of car collecting.“

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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