Hispano-Suiza by Fernandez & Darrin

Designer and coachbuilder Howard "Dutch" Darrin (1897-1982) left France and set up a practice in Hollywood at the end of the 1930s and designed special automobile bodies on luxury chassis for Hollywood stars. He also developed an association with the Packard Motor Company and his designs for Packard were produced in relatively short runs by plants sited nearer Packard's own home. Production seems to have ended with the onset of World War II.


Howard Darrin joined French banker Fernandez after his earlier partner Tom Hibbard had returned to the USA. Their cooperation was even shorter than Darrin's previous partnership, which ended when Darrin on his turn went back to the USA. In the three years they did produce some of the highest quality bodies found in the trade.


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