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Don Francisco Serramelera Abadal the well-known racer acting under a pseudonym Paco Abadal. At the beginning of the XX century it was the representative of the Fabrica La Hispano-Suiza de Automobiles firm founded in Barcelona in 1904 by the engineer Mark Birkigt and the businessman Damyen Mathew, but in 1911 moved to the suburb of Paris.

Having decided to found own firm, Francisco Abadal in 1912 agreed with the Belgian company Imperia about sale of its cars in Spain under the name of Abadal. The racer understood that independently it won't be possible to design the car therefore involved in production of Belgians. Thus, the first car under the name of Abadal appeared in the market in 1912.

Abadal 18/24HP and Abadal 45HP became the first models which are let out under this brand. Abadal 18/24HP was equipped with the 3,6 liters four-cylinder engine with a piston stroke of 180 mm and with a diameter of cylinder of 80 mm, and also a four-stage mechanical transmission. The five-seater car with an open body was completed with a suspension bracket on semielliptical springs and drum brakes, traditional for that time. The car was assembled on a lonzheronny frame, in general had the technical characteristics similar to similar cars of that time as Hispano-Suiza, but differed in design, in particular, in a wedge-shaped radiator. The maximum speed which could develop the Abadal 18/24HP model, reached 112 kilometers per hour.

The Abadal 45HP car, unlike the previous model, was equipped with the six-cylinder engine. This model was considered as more reliable, it is possible because without uniform damage and replacement of any details successfully passed tests run in 20 thousand kilometers.

In 1913 in Paris the next exhibition motor show where the following models were presented took place. It was the Abadal 15,9HP racing car possessing a wooden body which was made by the French auto body repair man, the real master of the business Henry Laburdettom. The passenger car without doors possessing the sports body made by the Alin et Liautard company became one more car presented on the Parisian motor show. But neither that, nor another models didn't receive attention of visitors of an exhibition.

From the beginning of World War I the Imperia company suspended the activity, deliveries to Spain of cars under the name of Abadal were also stopped. After war the Imperia company was got by the designer Mathieu van Roggen, but the arrangement with Frantsisko Abadal remained in force. Since 1919 production of cars was resumed, but rates were reduced. Some models were issued under the Imperiya-Abadal brand. During the period since 1919 on 1923 about 200 cars were released.

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