C14 (1928-1932)
   
Seeing no need to change a successful recipe, Gabriel Voisin evolved the C11 into the C14 in 1929. Minor changes to Marius Bernard's six-cylinder engine led to the model being reclassified with a 13CV fiscal rating, but few other modifications were made bar the name and new chassis cross-members at the rear.
 
A C14 Chartéorum, better known as the 'Lumineuse'.
 
The essential characteristics of the C11 remained unchanged, as did the typical Voisin features of the time: side-mounted luggage boxes, single headlight on the offside C pillar and the Art-Déco interior trim. It was offered in bare chassis form as well as two factory saloons (Chartam and Chartéorum, the 'Lumineuse' style code named Chasserons on the C11), convertible (Duc), coupé (Chartapola) and long wheelbase saloon (Chartrain).
 
The Chartam saloon
The Chartapola coupé
 

A few technical and cosmetic changes were introduced for the 1930 model year. The 'Duc' body styled disappeared, but the others continued with only minor changes to the wings. On the mechanical front, the new models came equipped with a two-speed electromagnetic relay developed in conjunction with Cotal, allowing easy gear changes to be made from the steering wheel.

It came in bare chassis form (code name Charmant), as a factory saloon (Chartreuse), coupé (Club), 7-seater (Chartrain) and lwb saloon (Caline), along with a saloon (Aquitaine) and 6-seater (Champagne) bodied by Manessius. The 13CV saw no further changes after the 1930 Paris Salon, when the Manessius models were discontinued. It remained available in the various factory body styles thereafter.

 

The factory catalogues show the C14 in several guises during these years: the 'round angle' saloon (Chartreuse), razor-edge demi-berline (Chartre), lwb 7-seater (Chartrain), 6-light saloon (Charrée), razor-edge saloon (Charton), berline galbée (Charmette), demi-berline galbée (Carlette). The few chassis remaining in stock were offered in bare chassis form at the 1935 Salon, which is where the C14 story ends.

They subsequently met various fates, like the modified coachwork of the example in the Chatellerault museum...
 
...and this body of unknown origin currently residing in Thailand, with its curious radiator emblem. and its new Marchal headlights.


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