The French automaker Hispano-Suiza belonged to the elite of luxury car manufacturing and was a leader in style, innovation and design. The Hispano-Suiza J12 is a luxury car that was manufactured by Hispano-Suiza in France from 1931 to 1938. The J12 was only offered as a chassis with a choice of four wheelbases. The huge "square" V12 (a long-stroke engine was an option) was a technical masterpiece that gave the car excellent performance due to its weight. The bodywork was left to the customer's choice, and most of the examples contained unimaginable luxury and comfort.
Carrosserie Vanvooren built this Hispano-Suiza. Vanvooren was a French body construction company based in Paris, which from around 1860 initially produced carriages, then from 1900 increasingly exclusive automobile bodies for luxury cars. Vanvooren developed and patented pioneering methods in car body construction that were used worldwide. In the 1930s the company was closely associated with Hispano-Suiza, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Production ran until 1950.