Part airplane, part spaceship, the Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne looks as though it drove right off of a retro-futuristic Art Deco poster. The C25 Aerodyne is so radical that it doesn’t even look real at first, but in the spirit of wildly individualistic cars since the dawn of the industry (and of wildly iconoclastic French cars since…about the same time), it was indeed a production vehicle. Of course, there weren’t many of them produced.
Most noted for his aircraft designs, Gabriel Voisin and his company built aircraft during WWI. After the war, he formed Avions Voisin to build cars. The C25 Aerodyne was perhaps the ultimate expression of Gabriel B. Voisin’s unique automotive vision, which was heavily influenced by his aviation backround. Founded in 1919, Avions Voisin produced extravagantly designed cars with exotic sleeve-valve engines. Faced with flagging fortunes due to the Great Depression, Avions Voisin curiously chose to focus on high-end exotic vehicles, of which the C25 Aerodyne was one of the most memorable. Described as a “car of the future” when first displayed at the Paris Salon in 1934, it was a silent-running and impressive piece of automotive art.
The C25 Aerodyne was extremely expensive for the time, priced higher than a 1933-1938 Bugatti Type 57, and the engine’s performance, while silent and luxurious, fell somewhat short of its futuristic looks. Ironically, it also represented the last gasp of the company, which was in the process of losing its most talented employees even as the C25 was making its debut. A poor economy and WWII quickly put an end to the business. Only eight C25 Aerodynes were produced.
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