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Hispano-Argentina

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Hispano-Argentina was an Argentine automotive and engineering company that manufactured automobiles, military vehicles, engines, weaponry, and parts for public works. The company had two divisions, the automobile manufacturer (known for its acronym "HAFDASA") and the Public Works and Finances division ("CHADOPYF"), which worked separately. The company was a vehicle and weapons supplier for the Argentine Army and other local armed forces, developing the Ballester–Molina pistol. History Formation In 1925, Argentine entrepreneur Arturo Ballester obtained a license to represent the Hispano-Suiza brand in Argentina. The deal ruled that vehicles would be initially imported and later built domestically. In order to achieve that goal, Ballester associated to his brother-in-law, engineer Eugenio Molina, to build a plant for the production of automatic weaponry. To unify production, a 5,000 m2 plant was built with the highest technology available at the t
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