October 22, 2020
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Alfonso XIII Was The First Car-Guy King and Hispano-Suiza Was His Favorite Car

Photo credit: The Mullin Automotive Museum's 1911 Hispano-Suiza Type 45CR King Alfonso XIII
Photo credit: The Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1911 Hispano-Suiza Type 45CR King Alfonso XIII

From Autoweek

  • New YouTube series from the Mullin Museum starts today at 3pm with a 1911 Hispano-Suiza Type 45CR King Alfonso XIII

  • Could this be the world’s first sports car?

  • King Alfonso was the world’s first car-guy king

King Alfonso XIII of Spain was a hard-partying dude. He came from an era that wanted his royalty to party. He had seven children with his official wife Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg and had countless of what were then called illegitimate children, four of whom are known to Wikipedia. He liked sports, endowing several soccer teams with the “Real” or royal precedent, one of which you may know, Real Madrid. And he liked cars.

Before he would have been old enough to get a driver’s license in the modern age, Alfonso was piloting his own coches. At

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