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Kellner Hispano-Suiza H6C Boulogne #11436 1925
Kellner Hispano-Suiza H6C Boulogne #11436 1925
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Kellner Hispano-Suiza H6C Boulogne #11436 1925

1925 H6C Boulogne chassis 11436 was first sold to John Andriesse, fitted with a speedster body that had an open rear seat in the tonneau. On July 21, 1925, Andriesse was driving at high speed on the Haarlemmerweg from Amsterdam to Haarlem (The Netherlands), when he lost control of the car at the village of Halfweg. The car landed on its side and was totalled. Andriesse had only owned the car for a month.

It is thought that the wreck went the Hispano-Suiza concessionary Greve & Co in The Hague, who repaired it. The Grebel headlamps did not survive the crash and were replaced by Marchal bulls-eye types. Double shock absorbers were mounted at the front and likely also at the back. A new body by Kellner was installed on the chassis – a simply gorgeous dual cowl and dual windshield torpedo.

The refurbished and rebodied car was sold to Baron Joeki van Pallandt, a notorious playboy and businessman who seems to have divided his time between the boardrooms of large Dutch companies and the casinos of Monte Carlo – where a good deal of the travel between the two took place behind the wheel of 11436. According to connoisseur Hans Veenenbos, the Baron fancied non-stop marathon drives, for which the H6C was of course eminently suited. It is not known how long van Pallandt kept the car. Sometime during the 1930s its fenders were mildly modernized.

At some point after the fenders had been redone, 11436 crashed once again. It is not known whether van Pallandt or the subsequent owner Maarten Kruyswijk was at the wheel. 

The accident took place on the Wassenaarscheweg between The Hague and Wassenaar. Veenenbos states that “…reckless overtaking ended up in a head-on crash with an oncoming car and the Hispano dragged along the other car, which somersaulted, to come to a standstill on the other side of the road.”

11436 survived this accident too and was repaired a second time. Kruyswijk offered the car for sale in the July 22, 1939 issue of Auto Kampioen, a Dutch car magazine. After that, 11436 vanished. What an unbelievable barnfind the car would be today. 

Photo credit: Nelson V. Thorpe

Text credit: The Kellner Affair




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