Biscuter - origin of the name
In 1953, the people of Spain had spent the last fifteen years trying to recover from a bloody civil war, which had led to a serious economic recession. Rationing cards remained in place until June 1st 1952, and it took 25 years for the country to regain the living standards of 1936.
Created by french aeronautical engineer Frances Gabriel Voisin, and reinterpreted by the catalan engineer Damia Casanova (son of the owner of La Farga Casanova), Biscuter was presented officially in June 1953 at the Barcelona Fair. The micro car, Biscuter, was produced by Autonacional S.A. in S. Adria del Besos, under the leadership of the very same Damia Casanova as factory manager.
Built with a Hispano Villiers 200 cc engine, and made under licence to Villiers of England, the initial production was for ten units per day of a vehicle which travelled at more than 70 km per hour, weighed 300 kg, and which sold for 25,000 pesetas, or 150 Euros.
From this two seater, they started to make more than 10,000 units, the majority being convertibles, with aluminium bodywork and wooden frame side panels. Finally they produced the Coupe, which, like the Pegaso was, by 1957, the last in the line. This was no less of an important car, and signified access for the Spanish people, to four wheels.
The arrival of the Fiat 600, a “proper” car, meant that the company, Autonacional, was closed in 1960, therefore abandoning projects like the four seater version.
Today, the name of this car has been restored and rehabilitated by a business which is dedicated to luxury leather goods and accessories. Through the special combination of distinctive design and style, the use of the highest quality materials, and timeless, impeccable craftsmanship, Biscuter pays homage to the much loved vehicle, that meant so much to a whole generation.