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  Voisin C25 Aérodyne
 

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Country of origin:France
Produced from:1934 - 1935
Numbers built:7 (Including prototype)
Introduced at:1934 Paris Auto Salon
Internal name:C25
Designed by:Gabriel Voisin
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 12, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe pressed steel ladder chassis was also very similar to those used for the earlier Voisin models. One difference was the boxed rear section, which served to support the integrated trunk and rear fenders. Both the front and rear suspension were equipped with adjustable shock absorbers. These could be tweaked by two large dials on the very busy dashboard. Packed with dials and switches, the dashboard design and layout was still very much a remnant of Gabriel Voisin's years as an airplane manufacturer. Also typical for Voisins were the art deco prints used for the upholstery.

Code-named 'Bob', the C25 chassis was available with a choice of coachwork, with the 'Aérodyne' topping the range. At its original Paris launch, the futuristic four-door sedan had wowed the crowd and received universal acclaim. Unfortunately, this admiration for Voisin's latest design was not converted into many sales. A big problem was the price; at over 70,000 Francs, the C25 was considerably more expensive for example than a comparable Bugatti Type 57. Production lasted until early 1937 by which time only 28 examples were built, seven of which were Aérodynes.

Soon after its launch the C25 was joined by a longer wheelbase C26 and the similar but larger engined C27 and C28. Built in very small numbers, these represent some of the finest cars by Voisin but, ironically, like so many other manufacturers of the day, Gabriel Voisin reached his creative peak at a time when there was little to no demand for these spectacular vehicles. Despite some desperate attempts to restructure and refinance the company, Voisin eventually had to file for bankruptcy late in the decade.

Today only a handful of these fabulous machines remain because they were difficult to maintain and constructed from metals that proved very valuable during the War. With so few cars remaining, Voisins are a rare sight today and often overshadowed at events by contemporaries like Talbot Lago and Bugatti. That was certainly not the case at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance when a beautifully restored C25 Aérodyne was awarded 'Best of Show'.

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