Monday, 10 September 2012

Avions Voisin C-25 Berline Aérodyne

This may look like an oversized caricature of a Citroën 2CV, but when you learn that the C-25 Berline Aérodyne dates back to the mid-thirties, you realise that it was decades ahead of its time. Furthermore, it represents a typically Gallic take on a peculiar little niche of deliberately polarising cars built for the wants of the company rather than the consumer - the same mindset that made Bristol the thinking-man's-Rolls-Royce proposition.
Gabriel Voisin was a pioneer of streamlining and lightweight materials, taking engineering and styling cues from the aviation industry (hence the company's name). The C-25 Berline Aérodyne's showpiece was its open cockpit; a full-length roof panel with triple portholes was sucked back by a vacuum pump in the boot to open up the roof for the occupants. The interior was jazzily trimmed in ostentatious fabric that's very much of the era, while the imposing grille, vast bonnet ornament and opulent appointments created exactly the type of car whose majesty would resonate through the ages. You can read all about the model's history here.
Photos by SuckSqueezeBangBlow at the Windsor Concours of Elegance.

3 comments:

Paul Thompson said...

Bowie was a big fan of the interior...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpH_cpV2oYk

juice said...

Ha! Well spotted.

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