1938 Avions Voisin C30 Cabriolet
THE 1938 PARIS AUTO SALON, ONE-OF-A-KIND
THIS UNIQUE CABRIOLET was specifically designed and built for display at the 1938 Paris Auto Salon. G. Garabédian, who had taken over Voisin automobiles, asked Gabriel Voisin to develop this show model to be displayed alongside a C-30 Coupe. However, Gabriel was otherwise engaged, and Louis Dubos supervised this car’s design and construction at his Carrosserie in Paris.
Of course, Voisin produced the C30 in anticipation of a future that would not be realized. The outbreak of World War II in late 1939 brought a sudden stop to C30 production; the very few examples produced represent the very last Voisin automobiles ever constructed. Out of the approximately thirty C30 chassis produced, there are only five known to still exist.
Following the outbreak of World War II and the invasion of France, this sporty one-off Cabriolet was requisitioned by the Germans, who retained it for the duration of the Occupation. Following the liberation of France by the Allies, Robert Cornière, a pioneering Voisin collector and specialist, recovered the car. It remained unused in Cornière’s collection for several years before it was sold. The new owner enlisted Dominque Tessier’s workshop to comprehensively restore the car in 1990. Phillipe Moch purchased the car in the late 1990s and used it with great pleasure in several international rallies before selling the car to Peter Mullin.
Coachbuilder: Carrossier Louis Dubos
Chassis No. 60007
Production No.: 1 of 30 (See Text)
Engine No. TBD Graham-Paige (Supercharged)
“L-Head” Six-Cylinder Graham Engine
116 BHP At 4,000 RPM
3,560 CC Supercharged
Side-Valving, 2-Valves Per Cylinder
3-Speed Manual Gearbox with Over
Solid front axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and friction shock absorbers. Live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and friction shock absorbers