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Cars get their names from a wide variety of sources: animals, places, the founders of the company that makes them... Some, of course, have completely meaningless names concocted by marketing departments, or bear alphanumeric codes that show where they stand in the company's line-up. But this car was named for a king.

The young King Alfonso XIII of Spain was an early gentleman driver, motoring enthusiast and patron of Hispano-Suiza. He was such a fan, in fact, that he owned a good 30 of them, and drove them around Europe. The company, honored by his patronage, named its Type 15T in his honor: Type Alfonso XIII.

Few such examples, rare as they are, ever change hands, but the example you see here is destined for the auction block when RM Auctions sets up shop March 10 at Amelia Island. This 1913 model - chassis # 718 - is one of only four built, and packs a 3.6-liter inline four with 64 horsepower - not much by today's standards, but a veritable supercar in its time, capable of hitting a top speed of 80 miles an hour. It's also got more patina to it than an antique shop, but that's not all: it also comes with two bodies, one for the winter (pictured here) and open coachwork that could be installed for the summer.

It's expected to fetch between $750,000 and a cool million when the hammer drops, but if that's not entirely within your budget, you can check it out in the gallery of high-resolution images above, along with the auctioneer's description after the jump.Continue reading Extremely rare 1913 Hispano-Suiza Type Alfonso XIII headed for Amelia Island

Extremely rare 1913 Hispano-Suiza Type Alfonso XIII headed for Amelia Island originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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