Art Deco, French Curves and the 1938 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia: Auto Design

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Art Deco, French Curves and the 1938 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia: Auto Design

Design, automobile, Xenia

The Mullin Automotive Museum in California is celebrating the Art Deco Movement with a display of automobile relics and art. The 1938 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia is the latest edition to the "French Curves" collection.

Design, automobile, Xenia

This automobile design was conceptualized by Andre Dubonnet, an aperitif heir, race car driver and WWI fighter pilot. According to the Mullin, "the Xenia featured curved glass on all windows, a panoramic windscreen, gullwing windows and extraordinary "suicide" doors. More than a design revolution, this vehicle has a remarkable history including its forced relocation and hiding during WWII and more recently, numerous "Best of Show" honors at the leading automotive events in the world."

Debonnet's favorite car was the Hispano-Suiza, and he drafted designs for a prototype based on his aviation and racing careers and developing a unique and improved suspension system plan, which was later purchased by GM. He named his streamlined and aerodynamic auto Xenia, after his wife.

Design, automobile, Xenia
Design, automobile, Xenia
Design, automobile, Xenia
Design, automobile, Xenia

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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