The Voisin C25 Aerodyne is an aviation-inspired work of art!

The automotive industry had many ups and downs since the automobile became popular in the 1900s. The first major downturn happened in the late 1920s when The Great Depression hit the world. In the United States, the economic depression put many luxury carmakers out of business. In Europe, however, some low-output companies survived, although they eventually went bankrupt after World War II. One such carmaker is Voisin, which was founded by aviation pioneer Gabriel Voisin. This French company produced only a handful of automobiles in the 1920 and 1930s, with the most iconic being the C25 Aerodyne.

The 1935 Voisin C25 Aerodyne Is The Coolest Car You Probably Didn't Know About
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A luxury automobile, the C25 Aerodyne featured an impressive design for the era.

Not only penned in the Art Deco style that was popular in the 1930s, but it also featured an aerodynamic body made from aluminum and inspired by the world of aeronautics. After all, Gabriel Voisin had build airplanes for a few years. The C25 also introduced a few innovative features, such as a "floating" windshield without a top frame and adjustable shock absorbers. Powered by either an inline-six rated at 100 horsepower or a V-12 good for 113 horses, the C25 Aerodyne was fast too. But it was also very expensive. Priced from 88,000 Francs, it was notably more expensive than the more prestigious Bugatti Type 57, which came in at 70,000 Francs. As a result, Voisin didn’t find too many customers, and only 28 cars were built from 1934 to 1937.

The 1935 Voisin C25 Aerodyne Is The Coolest Car You Probably Didn't Know About
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The C25 Aerodyne is not among the most iconic cars from the era, but it surely deserves a spot, as its design, luxury features, and technology were on par cars built by with elite brands of the 1930s, including Bugatti, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Hispano-Suiza, and Isotta Fraschini.

Fortunately, some C25s still exist today, and with a bit of luck, we can see them at events like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For those of you that aren’t that lucky, the Mullin Automotive Museum just posted an in-depth video with an Aerodyne from 1935. Check it out below.

Ciprian Florea
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