Spain has never been a leader in the global automotive industry. In the entire history of the country, there were hardly more than fifty manufacturing companies, and only Hispanic-Suiza and Seat became truly famous. Nevertheless, we decided to recall several Spanish brands that are now unknown to anyone, but long ago aspired to some place in the global automotive industry.
Santana. The company from Linares (Jaen Province) was founded in 1956 and initially built licensed Land Rovers under its own brand. Subsequently, she made her cars, belonged to Suzuki and Iveco. Finally eliminated in 2011. Pictured is Santana PS-10.
Abadal. The company existed in 1912-1923 and offered two models - with a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder engine. Also, the “Abadals” were produced under license in Belgium. Pictured is the 1914 Abadal 25 HP Torpedo.
Biscúter. The company, producing microcars, existed from 1953 until the early 60s. She managed to release 12, 000 microcars, and in the Spanish language the saying "Ugly, like" Biscurator "appeared. Interestingly, the Biscooter ("double scooter") car was designed by French designer Gabriel Voisin, and the Spaniards bought a license and began production.
Elizalde. The company produced cars from 1914 to 1928. Also made aircraft engines. King Alfonso XIII had Elizalde Tipo 20 in the garage.
Kapi. A manufacturer from Barcelona, existed in 1950-1955. In fact, her models were miniature copies of famous cars. In the picture, for example, Kapi Jip.
Sava. The company produced commercial vans and buses from 1957 to 1969. The brand was purchased and subsequently liquidated by Pegaso.
PTV. It stands for Perramón-Tachó vehículo (the names of the founders and the word "car"). The company existed from 1956 to 1961 and was the second after Biscúter to produce and sell microcars.
AFA. The company existed in 1943-1944 and built only a few copies of the only model with a 4-cylinder engine.
Eucort. The Barcelona company, which existed from 1945 to 1953. Interestingly, the engineers tried to create the perfect "people's car", and in technical solutions relied on the development of DKW.
Hispakart. The company, which built racing cars and maps, existed from 1961 to the early 1990s. In fact, it was a racing team of the younger series, which built the chassis for both themselves and others.