1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne
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PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME in October 1934 at the 28th Paris Salon de l’Automobile, the revolutionary modern design of Gabriel Voisin’s C25 Aérodyne drew throngs of admirers and curiosity-seekers, despite the formidable competition posed by Renault’s new “Hyper Aerodynamic” and Citroen’s “Traction Avant”. The Aérodyne was Voisin’s “car of the future” - an automobile that sought to capitalize upon the public’s growing fascination with streamlining and aerodynamics, and a project that Voisin hoped would remake its image in the wake of past bankruptcy. Based upon the C24 Aérodyne, Voisin commissioned the Type C25 built upon an enlarged 4.78 meter 17CV chassis. Costing 88,000 francs during a time of widespread economic hardship, the Aérodyne was an exclusive car affordable only to the most affluent automobilist.
The Aérodyne was avante garde, even in an era of progressive design. In the Spring of 1935 Voisin displayed this special Aerodyne at the Lyon Fair and at the Concours d’Elegance at the Place Bellecours. With its two-tone paint, wrap around pontoon fenders, low phared-in headlights, high beltline, skirted rear fenders, and automated, retractable roof, this Aérodyne cut a profile unlike anything else; it was an Art Deco masterpiece. In total, 28 C25s were produced, including eight Aérodynes. It is believed that four such cars survive.
Chassis No. 50010
Production No: 1 of 7 produced
Engine No. 47386
Inline Six-Cylinder Engine
102 BHP At 3,800 RPM
Crank-Driven Double-Sleeve Valving
4-Speed Electomagnetic Gearbox
Live Axle With Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs Front and Rear
4-Wheel Lockheed Hydraulic Drum Brakes