1929 Voisin C14200.000-250.000 EUR - Estimate

Avions Voisin C14 

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Chassis n° 27966
Engine n° 28043

- Lovely presentation
- Innovative car
- Superb aluminium factory body

Reference Number 512968

as of 2/23/2018

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Lot 24

Artcurial - Rétromobile  Contact  Location
Salon Rétromobile Hall 1  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Porte de Versailles
75015 Porte de Versailles  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
Overview
Car 1929 Voisin C14
VIN 27966 
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Known History

The 1930 Voisin 13 CV was the final evolution of the C14, the marque's flagship model and an avant-garde motorcar that was popular with celebrities during the 1920s. It became fashionable to be seen behind the wheel of this car, and Joséphine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Le Corbusier and even Man Ray enjoyed its driving style and the way it handled. This Voisin C14 was built at the end of 1929, with a four-door aluminium " factory " body designed with the chassis, which was highly innovative at the time. Perfectly balanced and with excellent braking, this " in-house " chassis/body combination was a hit with the clients. The car on offer conforms to the original, its interior upholstered with the marque's favoured art-deco fabric.

This C14 is powered by the 6-cylinder 2.3-litre valveless engine, licenced by Knight, which was versatile and particularly silent. It gave the car a respectable top speed of 115 km/h it could maintain for several hours - a feat confirmed by ACF officials at Montlhéry. Fitted with all the equipment previously offered as optional, the car had a strengthened gearbox with three speeds plus reverse, and benefitted from an axle ratio multiplier controlled from the steering wheel that didn't require use of the clutch. Starting up the engine was assisted by the Dynastart unit, combining a starter and a generator. The Dewandre servo-assisted brakes on all four wheels assured efficient braking.

Ahead of its time, the C14 had all the advanced mechanical features that Gabriel Voisin wanted on his cars. This resulted in a high price, and the C14 was some 30% more expensive than competing Delage and Delahaye models. Rare in its day, this exceptional automobile has become even rarer today.

 

 

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