Tuesday, June 25, 2013


X is for Xenia. X is a very hard letter and I usually have to resort to a word with X in it instead of starting with X. I recently learned about a car built in 1938 called the Xenia Coupe. The car was built by Andre Dubonnet to show off his new independent suspension. He used a Hispano Suiza H6C chassis and modified it to include his enclosed coil spring suspension.

Hispano Suiza was a European manufacturer of the finest luxury cars up until 1936 when they turned from the manufacturing of cars to aviation engines.  The cars that they built in the 1930's were considered some of the finest in the world at the time.

For his creation, Xenia, Andre Dubonnet used a Hispano Suiza H6C chassis and chose Jaques Saoutchik to form the one of a kind body. The result was an avante-garde interpretation of the teardrop, and was different from any other cars of it's time. The Xenia's styling was inspired in part by art deco architecture.

Jaques Saoutchik was the founder of a top-class French coachbuilding company. In the 1930s the company became famous for their high quality and often extravagant designs. Here are a few of those designs.

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  1. The color makes it look like a toy, or a prototype.
    Congrats on not cheating, like I did...

  2. ooh, I got eXcited by the looks of the Xenia! they cost a pretty penny, I bet.

  3. Wow! Awesome car! Looks like it could go into space.

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  4. Oh my, what splendid cars! Very posh.

  5. Still very modern, that design. Ahead of where we are now in some ways. I admire the daring and marvel at the sense of limitless possibility captured in that design.

  6. This is my first encounter with a Xenia. Wow!!

  7. eXcellent X post, I've never heard of this car! I like it! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting:)