Introduction to Part III: The Early Spanish Carmakers

  • A. J. Jacobs


This chapter offers a brief history of HispanoSuiza, Spain’s first prominent carmaker. It chronicles the firm’s initial success during the early 1900s, and then how its Barcelona plant was militarized during the country’s civil war (1936–1939) and ultimately nationalized for truck production in 1946. Thereafter, it reveals how, Hispano-Suiza joined forces with local banks and industrialists to establish Sociedad Iberica de Automoviles de Turismo in Barcelona (SIAT). Although SIAT never produced a car, its place in Spanish automobile history remains assured, as the company spawned the nation’s largest carmaker, Sociedad Espanola de Automoviles de Turismo, SA (SEAT), in 1950, through an alliance with Fiat of Italy. Again, for ease of use, frequently referenced tables in Chaps.  11,  12,  13,  14,  15,  16 and  17—Tables 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3—are placed at the end of this chapter.


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  • A. J. Jacobs
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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