Gabriel Voisin was a successful aviator and builder of airplanes. He is considered to be one of the principal pioneers of aviation; some have even said he had built a flyable airplane before the Wright brothers. In 1907 Gabriel Voisin and his brother, Charles, designed the first planes to fly in France. Charles was killed in a car in 1912, but Gabriel continued to build planes, eventually producing over 10,000 aircraft.
After the First World War, the demand for airplanes began to subside so Voisin turned his attention to the automotive world. Voisin had a great deal of technical and engineering expertise but lacked sufficient knowledge of automobile technique. He started by buying rights to Citroen models, using designs that had undergone testing , rather than starting 'from scratch.' The 1918 18 CV model came equipped with a 4 cylinder, 4 liter engine. A new 4-cylinder engine was designed by Voision producing 44 CH at 4000 rpm, able to propel the car to 113 km/h. The vehicle featured servo-drum brakes, like so many other vehicles of its time. Most had Knight-licensed sleeve-valve engines. Approximately 20,000 Voisin cars were built and less than 100 have survived.
Many of the designs of the vehicles were gathered from the aviation world. This meant the vehicles not only had to be aerodynamic but also light. The only downfall to this formula is that the vehicles were not always visually appealing. This undoubtable led to poor sales. Most featured aluminum bodies and were scrapped during World War II.
The price of the Voisins were expensive. Hardly anyone could afford to buy one of these unique creations.
The Aerodyne C27 was a very aerodynamic vehicle. It resembled a tear-drop, much like other cars produced by manufacturers such as Delahaye, Bugatti, and Delage.By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2005
Between 1919 and 1939, pioneer French airplane constructor Gabriel Voisin built expensive, high quality vehicles. Though Voisin preferred that his cars be equipped with practical, though angular coachwork that he designed and built in-house, he made chassis available for those who wished to have a custom body fitted. One of only two built, the well-balanced Figoni & Falaschi body on this Voisin was one of their first to be influenced by modern aerodynamic principles.Source - Petterson Museum
This Voisin C27 Aerosport Coupe has factory coachwork and was on display at the 1935 Geneva Motorshow. Its first owner was Andre Noël-Noël Telmont (Voisin's design partner) who kept the car for over ten years before it passing through several other owners. The car was shown at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it was in good company among a select group of other exclusive Voisin automobiles, including the only other C27 ever constructed.
The car is powered by a 3-liter six-cylinder engine equipped with two Zenith carburetors producing 104 horsepower and has a top speed of 93 mph. The car is a one-off model riding on a short and underslung wheelbase. It is one of only two Voisin V27 models built. A complete two-year restoration was completed in 2004.By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2010