AVIONS VOISIN

Avions Voisin logo

Avions Voisin, cars, airplanes and motorcycles Issy-les-Moulinaux France 1905-1946

Avions Voisin
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1905
Founder Gabriel Voisin
Defunct 1946
Headquarters Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)
Products Cars, airplane

1919 Avion Voisin C1

1919 Avion Voisin C1

1920 The first Avions Voisin C2 prototype

1920 The first Avions Voisin C2 prototype

1921 C3 objet c3L

1921 C3 objet c3L

1923 Avions Voisin Type C3L Limousine

1923 Avions Voisin Type C3L Limousine

1922-26 Avions Voisin C4-C4S c

1922-26 Avions Voisin C4-C4S c

 

1924 Avion Voisin C5 2

Voisin C5 1924

1923 Avion Voisin C6 Lab

1923 Avion Voisin C6 Lab

1925 Avion Voisin C7 Chastness

1925 Avion Voisin C7 Chastness

1924 Avion Voisin C8L

1924 Avion Voisin C8L

1924 Avions Voisin 10CV as shown in the 1924 October catalog.

1924 Avions Voisin 10CV as shown in the 1924 October catalog.

1926 avion voisin-c11-la-lumineuse

1926 avion voisin-c11-la-lumineuse

1926 This huge and imposingly elegant Avion Voisin C12 convertible was bodied by Duvivier.

1926 This huge and imposingly elegant Avion Voisin C12 convertible was bodied by Duvivier.

1927 carte c14 espagnole

1927 carte Avion Voisin c14 espagnole

1929-30 Avions Voisin C15

1929-30 Avions Voisin C15

1932 Avion Voisin C16, unique example bodied by Ottin

1930-35 Avions Voisin C181930-35 Avions Voisin C18

 

1931-34 Avion Voisin C20

1930 Avion Voisin C20 inside

1930 Avion Voisin C20

1931 Avion Voisin C20

1931 Avion Voisin C20

1931-35 Avion Voisin C21 Unique

1931-35 Avion Voisin C21 Unique

1934 carte C22

1934 carte Avions Voisin C22

1931 Avion Voisin C23 Myra Saloon p3

1931 Avion Voisin C23 Myra Saloon

1934 C24 Figoni a1934 C24 Figoni

1934 C24 Figoni a

 

1934 Avion Voisin C25 Aérodyne

 Voisin C25 Aérodyne, 1934, in a Paris Museum

1934 Avion Voisin C25 Aérodyne 2

 Voisin C25 Aérodyne, 1934

1935 Avion Voisin C26 Catalogue

 Voisin C26

1934 Avion Voisin C27

 Avions Voisin C27
1935 Avion Voisin C28 Aerosport1935 Avion Voisin C28 Aerosport

1936 Avion Voisin C28

1936 Avion Voisin C28

1938 Avion Voisin C28 Saliot Cabriolet

1938 Avion Voisin C28 Saliot Cabriolet

1938 Avions Voisin modèle C30.png

1938 Avions Voisin modèle C30

1939 Avion Voisin C30

1939 Avion Voisin C30

Avions Voisin was a French luxury automobile brand established by Gabriel Voisin in 1919 which traded until 1939.

History

Gabriel B. Voisin was an aviation pioneer and manufacturer who in 1919 started producing cars using Knight-type sleeve valve engines at Issy-les-Moulineaux, an industrial suburb to the southwest of Paris. Former student of the Fine Arts School of Lyon and enthusiast for all things mechanical since his childhood, Voisin’s uncompromisingly individual designs made extensive use of light alloys, especially aluminum. One of the company’s most striking early designs was the Laboratoire Grand Prix car of 1923; one of the first cars ever to use monocoque chassis construction, and utilising small radiator-mounted propeller to drive the cooling pump. The characteristic Voisin style of ‘rational’ coachwork he developed in conjunction with his collaborator André Noel. Noel prioritized lightness, central weight distribution, capacious luggage boxes and distinctively angular lines. The 1930s models with underslung chassis were strikingly low.

In the early 1930s, Gabriel Voisin could not pay all of his draftsmen any more and a young creative engineer called André Lefèbvre quit, recommended by Gabriel to Louis Renault. Lefèbvre finally entered Citroën where he led three particularly significant car projects: the Traction Avant, the 2CV and the DS, using a lot of Gabriel’s lessons.

Engines

Sleeve valve Knight engines were used exclusively until some later models switched to Graham 3.5 litre engines. The Knight engines included: inline four; inline six; V8 (prototype); V12 – 7.2 liter, 1921 (prototype); Inline twelve and a Seven-cylinder radial (prototype).

After the Second World War

After the war the business was nationalised in the political turmoil and the Government installed directors who did not continue the original engineering traditions. The Voisin business was integrated into that of its principal creditor, engine supplier Gnome & Rhône which was in turn nationalised in 1945 to form the basis for what now became the state-directed SNECMA business.

Voisin presented a “Biscooter Voisin” at the 1950 Paris Motorcycle and Bicycle Show, a voiturette intended for the impoverished age, with a front mounted 125 cc engine from Gnome & Rhône. The aluminium-bodied vehicle had a three-speed transmission with a secondary gear and did not require a driver’s license. The company failed to proceed with the Biscooter and instead mandated a Mr. Moglia, previously employed by Hotchkiss to develop an alternative voiturette. Moglia’s design appeared at the 1952 Paris Motor Show fitted with the same Gnome & Rhône engine, but on Moglia’s design the engine was moved to the rear of the little vehicle. The braking and suspension systems were also quite different. The Moglia design was presented as the new “Biscooter Voisin”, a nomenclature which at least one commentator found “abusive”.

The vehicle, renamed Biscúter, was adapted for Spanish conditions and about 12,000 were produced in Catalonia between 1953 and 1960.

Modern life

  • A 1934 C-15 Ets. Saliot Roadster won best of show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for 2002
  • A 1934 C-25 Aérodyne owned by Peter and Merle Mullin won best of show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for 2011
  • A 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne was auctioned in Pebble Beach, California on August 18, 2013 for a price tag of $1,925,000.

Popular culture

In the 1933 Universal Pictures film adaptation of H. G. Wells‘s The Invisible Man, Dr Kemp drives a Voisin C-3 touring car.

In the 2005 movie Sahara, the car stolen from the dictator is a 1936 Avions Voisin C-28. Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt recognizes the car and says “It’s a 1936 Avions Voisin. Six-cylinder sleeve valve engine, you know there was only six of these ever made.” In actuality, the movie car is a fiberglass replica of a 1936 C-28 Avions Voisin with a 4.2 Jaguar engine and Rover automatic gear box on a 4WD chassis built by D Tessier (a well known restorer of Avions Voisin automobiles) in Tours, France. Clive Cussler (author of the novel the movie was based on) has a genuine 1936 Avions Voisin, similar to the C-28 that inspired the replica, in his Colorado museum. It was designed by well-known British special effects expert and stunt vehicles coordinator, Steve Lamonby and completed in four months. To make the actors more visible, the roof was removed giving it the appearance of a mid-1930s four-door cabriolet. “GV” letters on the registration plate are an insider tribute to the original C-28’s legendary manufacturer, Gabriel Voisin. The Voisin C-28 Sahara, as it has become known, sold at auction for US$23,400 in 2008.

The 2011 video game L.A. Noire features a driveable 1938 Voisin C30 (not C7) hidden at the corner of La Brea and Sunset Boulevard, in an Alaco gas station.

References

  1. Jump up^ G.N. Georgano, G.N. (Editor) (1982). Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars. London: Ebury Press. ISBN 0-85223-234-9.
  2. Jump up^ Artcurial Motorcars à Rétromobile (Vente no 1957), Paris, France: Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-F.Tajan, 2011-02-04, p. 113
  3. Jump up^ “Automobilia”. Toutes les voitures françaises 1953 (salon Paris oct 1952) (Paris: Histoire & collections). Nr. 14: Page 77. 2000.
  4. Jump up^ Vaughn, Mark (September 5, 2011). “French Elegance”. AutoWeek 61 (18): 7.
  5. Jump up^ Jerry Garrett (July 26, 2013). “A Deco Confection, Flamboyant and French”. The New York Times. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  6. Jump up^ http://www.goodingco.com/vehicle/1935-avions-voisin-c25-aerodyne/
  7. Jump up^ http://www.imcdb.org/movie_24184-The-Invisible-Man.html
  8. Jump up^ http://www.imcdb.org/vehicles.php?make=Voisin&model=C28&modelMatch=1&modelInclModel=on
  9. Jump up^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318649/trivia
  10. Jump up^ “Lot 327: Avions Voisin C28 Sahara Convertible Recreation” (Auction catalogue). Bonhams. 2008-08-15.

More pictures I collected:

19051906 Gabriel (left) and Charles Voisin1907 Gabriel Voisin1908 Gabriel Voisin and Henry Farman1908 januari Voisin-Farman Doppeldecker I Grand-prix dÁviation1909 Le Bird of Passage Brabazon in plane1910 Avion Voisin-houdini1912 Canard Avion Voisin June1912 La Foudre de la Marine Francaise1912 Canard Voisin1915 Triplan Avion Voisin bombardier quadrimoteur - un seul exemplaire1919 Avion Voisin C11919 Avion Voisin de l'avion ayant parcouru1919-39 Avion Voisin Heritage1919-39 Avions Voisin logo1920 motorfly 51920 The first Avions Voisin C2 prototype1921 C3 objet c3L1921 obj liege1922 voisin pub belge1922-26 Avions Voisin C4-C4S a1922-26 Avions Voisin C4-C4S b1922-26 Avions Voisin C4-C4S c1922-26 Avions Voisin C4-C4S1923 A V C6 Automobiles Avions Voisin - 1923 Gaillon Hilclimb1923 Avion Voisin 22-30hp1923 Avion Voisin C5 car rudolf valentino (2)1923 Avion Voisin C5 car Rudolf Valentino1923 Avion Voisin C6 Lab1923 Avion Voisin C6 Labaratorie a1923 Avion Voisin C61923 avion voisin et 1923 Avion Voisin Type C3 L Coupe Limousine1923 Avions Voisin C61923 Avions Voisin Type C3L Limousine1923 carte record1923 Charles Loupot's painting of the Voisin auto1923 doc records 27 11923 Laboratoire Avion VOISIN n°51923 Voisin Type C3L Limousine a1923 Voisin Type C3L Limousine b1923-28 Avions Voisin C5 Sport Saloon1923-28 Avions Voisin C51924 Avion Voisin C5 21924 Avion Voisin C51924 Avion Voisin C8L1924 Avions Voisin 10CV as shown in the 1924 October catalog.1924 Avions Voisin C7 Bira Baby Blue1924 Avions Voisin C10 Lefebvre before the 1924 Lyon Grand Prix .1924 carte lyon 1924 fourche1925 Avion Voisin C7 Chastness1925 Avion Voisin1926 Avion Voisin C3 L torpedo, bodied by Chevalier a1926 Avion Voisin C3 L torpedo, bodied by Chevalier b1926 Avion Voisin C3 L torpedo, bodied by Chevalier c1926 Avion Voisin C3 L torpedo, bodied by Chevalier d1926 Avion Voisin C3 L torpedo, bodied by Chevalier e1926 Avion Voisin C3 L torpedo, bodied by Chevalier1926 Avion Voisin1926 avion voisin-c11-la-lumineuse1926 carte espagne1926 enveloppe 11926 enveloppe 31926 This huge and imposingly elegant Avion Voisin C12 convertible was bodied by Duvivier.1927 Avion Voisin C14 11927 Avion Voisin C14 31927 Avion Voisin C14 Lumineuse Coach1927 Avion Voisin C141927 Avions Voisin C11 Torpédo1927 carte c14 espagnole1927 enveloppe 21927 enveloppe 4b1928 Avion Voisin1929 Avion Voisin C231929-30 Avions Voisin C151930 Avion Voisin C20 inside1930 Avion Voisin C201930 pub 023 (1)1930-35 Avions Voisin C181931 Avion Voisin C201931 Avion Voisin C23 Myra Saloon p31931-34 Avion Voisin C201931-35 Avion Voisin C21 Unique1932 Avion Voisin C16, unique example bodied by Ottin a1932 Avion Voisin C16, unique example bodied by Ottin b1932 Avion Voisin C16, unique example bodied by Ottin1932 R. Stapp à Daytona Beach en 1932, sur Jupiter au châssis Voisin.1934 Avion Voisin C15 Saloit Roadster1934 Avion Voisin C151934 Avion Voisin C25 Aérodyne 21934 Avion Voisin C25 Aérodyne1934 Avion Voisin C27 Grand Sport Cabriolet a

1934-Voisin C27 Figoni Cabriolet
1934-Voisin C27 Figoni Cabriolet

1934 Avion Voisin C271934 Avion Voisin detail.1934 Avion Voisin Type C27 Aerosport1934 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne1934 brochure 21934 brochure, about the Voisin after-sales servie1934 C24 Figoni a1934 C24 Figoni1934 C25 objet c251934 carte C221934 carte c241934 carte c251934 Emblem Voisin1934 Voisin C15 Saloit Roadster a1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne Hood Ornament by Jill Reger1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne1935 Avion Voisin C25 Aérodyne a1935 Avion Voisin c25 Aérodyne1935 Avion Voisin C25 Cimier1935 Avion Voisin C26 Catalogue1935 Avion Voisin C28 Aerosport1936 Avion Voisin C 251936 Avion Voisin C28 Aerosport Aero Coupe1936 Avion Voisin C28 Hoodpiece(Lane Motor Museum)1936 Avion Voisin C281936 Avion Voisin1936 cp c28 mulhouse1937 Avion Voisin Hood Ornament1937 Avion Voisin-c28-11938 Avion Voisin C28 Saliot Cabriolet1938 Avions Voisin modèle C301939 Avion Voisin C301939 Voisin front1949 Biscooter Prototype1950 pub biscooter31951 carte corbeil1952 T. E. P. Transport Estafette Parachutable Amphibi Voiture1953 c31-biscooter1955 biscooter-type-c311955 C31 Biscooter a1957 Biscooter by Gabriel Voisin.1996 Avion brochure (front)Avion Voisin AdAvion Voisin aerodyne motorcycleAvion Voisin Motorcyclecarte 4 cylcarte 4 litrescarte deauville normandycarte diguetcarte la baule 3carte labaule hotel hermitagecarte panne 1carte restaurantcarte sabledor1carte sabledor2carte touquet2cp san berbardinodoc avenir edoc reprisegv pub voisin guide-englishpub 001pub 013pub 014pub 015pub 019bsultan agadirTombe de Gabriel Voisin

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Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

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