C12 (1926-1933)

The sole remaining C12 on the road today.

The top of the range C12 appeared towards the end 1926, initially in chassis-only form (code Chasibles), allowing its fortunate owner to have the car bodied by the carrossier of his or her choice.

Fiscally rated at 24CV, the C12 was powered by a 4,530cc six cylinder in an impressive 3.58m wheelbase chassis with twin fuel tanks mounted centrally on either side of the drive shaft to achieve Voisin's longstanding goal of optimising weight distribution.

The following year saw the C12 offered with lightweight factory bodies, a four-seat saloon code-named Chartula and a 7-seater (code Chartreuse). And in 1928, two more styles became available: Charibert and Charinda.Few changes took place between 1930 and its final year of production three years later, except for the greater choice of body styles.


Chartula saloon on C12 chassis

1928 : Charibert four doors
A 5-seater saloon (code Chevauchée) was introduced for 1930, along with a 2-3 seater coupé (Chatelaine), a 6-seater limousine (Chevreuse) and a 7-seater of the same type (Caravane).By 1931, only three styles were available: the Chartreuse 5-seater saloon, the Chartre 4-seater demi berline and the Chartrain 7-seat saloon. For 1932, there were three 7-seaters: the Chevreuse saloon, the Chevance coupé-limousine and the Caravane limousine. By 1933, only the bare chassis was catalogued.
This huge and imposingly elegant C12 convertible was bodied by Duvivier.

Relatively few C12s were produced - some 60 examples in total, of which only three are thought to survive: a bare chassis on show in Geneva, the newly restored Duvivier convertible shown here, and a rather sorry chassis in the late stages of returning to nature..

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