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Carriages, Before Hispano-Suiza

The first motorcar ever to be matriculated in Spain was a Hispano-Suiza, in 1898 in Barcelona. The Fábrica Hispano-Suiza de Automóviles was founded that very same year by Emilio de la Cuadra in Barcelona, in collaboration with a Swiss engineer, Marc Birkig. Their enterprise quickly grew into Spain’s most reputed automotive manufacturer.

My photo shows a horse drawn carriage pre-dating motorcars by some ten, fifteen years, possibly also built in Barcelona. I spotted the treasure in Palma de Mallorca, earlier this year.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 14th, 2008. The time was 12:37:18.

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