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C27 (1934)

Gabriel Voisin presented a new sports model, the C27, in 1934. Based on a shortened C25 chassis with a more powerful engine, only two examples were built.

The first was a cabriolet ordered by the then Shah of Persia, who commissioned the celebrated society coachbuilder Joseph Figoni to dress the chassis.

This car underwent a major restoration in France in the eighties, when it was refinished in the two-tone blue livery seen here.

The C27 Figoni at the CIA museum in Pantin...

Since then it has been restored once again in the USA in its original yellow over black colour scheme, complete with chromed wheels.

The history of the other C27 - a strikingly distinctive factory-bodied coupé with a sliding roof retracting into the space behind the cockpit - is less clear-cut.

Called the Aérosport (a name famously reused later for the pontoon-bodied C28) and catalogued with the code name Ski, the car was first owned by the man principally responsible for designing it, André Noel (Noel-Noel). The car disappeared after the war, until...

...before its new restoration in the USA.

A beautiful car, far away from Voisin's ideas