La Hispano Suiza Fabrica de Automoviles - signed by Founder Damià Mateu - 1918

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Spain: La Hispano Suiza Fabrica de Automóviles S.A., a 500 peseta share, Barcelona 1918,  full length vignette of female in 'art nouveau' style, motor car in background, black, dark green and red, coupons removed from right edge, Famous Spanish/Swiss marque producing fine luxury motor cars from 1904 until 1946 when its automotive arm was sold to Pagaso Trucks. Its armament and aviation arms continue under different names. Center fold.  Excellent condition.

Hispano-Suiza is a Spanish luxury and competition automobile company, which also had its side in the design and manufacture of aircraft engines, boat engines, transport and war vehicles, as well as weapons .

The brand was founded in Barcelona in 1904 by the Spanish businessmen Damián Mateu Bisa , Francisco Seix Zaya and the Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt . The company had a great development during the second and third decades of the  20th century . In 1911, it had established a subsidiary in France , opening a factory in Bois-Colombes in 1914 , which over time surpassed the Spanish parent company in quantity and position in the market for its production, mainly due to the 1936 coup d'état . which led to three years of civil war in Spain.

The Spanish Hispano-Suiza's automotive assets (the Barcelona factory and the range of products, projects and patents, but not the company as such or the Hispano-Suiza brand) were acquired by the National Institute of Industry (INI) in the year 1946. After this nationalization ENASA was created , which was dedicated to the manufacture of trucks and buses and, for a short period of sports cars, under the Pegaso brand . 2

In 1920 the aeronautical engine division based in France was nationalized by the French government, creating the Société Française Hispano Suiza , being absorbed by Snecma , a subsidiary of the French group SAFRAN in 1968. 3

In the year 2000, the Suqué Mateu family reached a brand transfer agreement with Mazel Engineering , also based in Barcelona, ​​to manufacture a prototype, the luxury two-seater supercar HS21, which was launched at the Geneva Motor Show. that same year. In 2001 and 2002, the K8 and HS21-GTS models were presented, both evolutions of the first.

In 2019 he presented, again at the Geneva Motor Show , a very high-end, 100% electric two-seater supercar with a high-end performance, 4 with an initial price of 1.5 million euros, a figure to which up to another million can be added. of euros in personalization. The vehicle was once again manufactured in Barcelona and developed in collaboration with QEV Technologies, with inputs supplied 80% by Spanish suppliers. After such a long absence from the market, the Hispano Suiza family brand is once again positioned in the construction of world-class automobiles. Carmen, the new model, which owes its name to Carmen Mateu Quintana, granddaughter of the founder, has a classically inspired avant-garde design, with state-of-the-art technology. The launch of this model was limited to 19 units.

Designed, developed and manufactured by hand in Barcelona, ​​the Carmen model is based on a super-rigid handmade carbon fiber monocoque and develops 1019 CV of power. The Hispano Suiza brand is part of the Peralada Group , oriented towards luxury in gastronomy and entertainment through its global portfolio of casino, restaurant, hotel, golf course, winery, music festival and marina companies.

History from Wikipedia and RM Smythe (old stock certificate research service)