Sensational Tulip Wood Hispano-Suiza model for sale


This is one of the world's most famous vintage cars, the 1924 Tulip Wood Hispano-Suiza Torpedo, except that it isn't. In fact it is an astonishing 1:8 model of it, one of just 25 built.

It has a working engine, steering and suspension with opening engine cowling and passenger door.

With real leather, carpet, chromework, copper and real wood veneers, the 24in-long model of the car commissioned and campaigned by Andre Dubonnet car is both exacting and stunning.

As is the price: yours for a mere £21,500!

Click here for more, or just feast on the pictures below.



Breathtaking. I particularly like the close-up shot of the steering box/throttle control area. Is this a Gerald Wingrove model, by any chance? (Though probably not, if this is "one of 25" - that would be mass production for him). I remember encountering his work when I was a teenager, and being stunned for days afterwards...


(Quick search on the web later....) Yes, it is a Wingrove model - though interestingly he only claims to have made 18 of them....  Fabulous, whatever number were built.


Is this a Wingrove? Sure looks like it...


This model is a 1:8th scale SAPOR Model - completely scratchbuilt from the raw and beautifully perfect in every way. Wingrove's large models were always invariably 1:15th scale although he also built many 1:20th scale models without any opening parts.

SAPOR always made 25 examples of each of the models they built
This 1:8th scale SAPOR Hispano Suiza is in fact a fully working car. The gears, pedals, handbrake, steering, suspension, lights, horn, hood and engine cowling and doors actually do exactly what the full size original car did - namely open and drive!! Because of this, each SAPOR model comes with a stand which raises the car off the ground so that one can operate the car's gears and steering, suspension and brakes without the car shooting across the ground and hitting a wall. Perfect driving in miniature!


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