- Top Speed:
- 111 mph (Est.)
Meet "the most important car."
We’ve covered our fair share of rare and historic classic cars here at TopSpeed, but this 1931 Voisin C20 MyLord takes the cake. Its level of beauty and class is only overshadowed by its rarity and appraised value. It is truly a gorgeous thing to behold.
Powered by an innovative sleeve-valve V-12 engine riding on an underslung chassis, the two-door coupe was built in France by automotive and aeronautics pioneer Gabriel Voisin who was more well-known for his achievements in the air than on the road. He did, however, start Avions Voisin, one of the world’s most prestigious automotive brands of the day.
The one-off MyLord was only a concept vehicle and never saw full production, making this example the only one in existence. It was treated to a full restoration before heading to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance auction block in 2010. One fortunate bidder took home the MyLord, leaving a $2,750,000 check in its place.
Click past the jump to learn more about the Voisin C20 MyLord Demi-Berline
1931 Voisin C20 MyLord Demi-Berline
The MyLord is powered by this fantastic 4,885cc (4.8-liter) Sleeve-Valve V-12 topped with twin Cozette carburetors. Its estimated to make 115 bhp at 3,500 rpm which was quite powerful at the time and more than adequate to move the lightweight C20 to a topspeed of 150kpm (93mph). The V-12 was mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox that sent power aft to the rear solid axle.
The squared-off coach was designed in the popular Art Deco style of the day and featured strong, purposeful lines. Gabriel Voisin is quoted saying, “Any line whose function cannot be justified, cannot be considered beautiful.”
Auction Block at Concours d’Elegance
The video is not the best quality, but depicts the high-priced bidding on the MyLord.