Founded by aviation pioneer Gabriel B. Voisin in 1919, Voisin cars were the pinnacle of French elegance, and well ahead of their time. Their uncompromisingly individual designs made extensive use of light alloys, especially aluminium, while echoing the beauty and style of pre-war Paris.
The Voisin C14 was produced from late 1927 to 1932, and the company made 1,795 units, making the C14 one of Voisin’s most popular vehicles. To guarantee that the car would be a success, Voisin called upon the expertise of their top designer, André Lefèbvre, who would go on to create the Citroen 2CV and the Citroen DS.
As well as being one of Voisin’s most technologically advanced cars, with a powerful 6-cylinder engine and power-assisted breaking, the C14 also featured a number of elegant user-friendly features, including safety door handles, tail lights and luggage compartment fixtures on the side. Its striking Art Deco style was the epitome of 1930s glamour, and Voisin cars are still renowned as some of the world’s most interesting and distinctive cars.
The Voisin C14 that joins us at the Footman James Concours d’Elegance received awards at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and was the Jury’s Special Prize in the Iconoclastic Interiors category at the 2015 Chantilly Concours d’Elegance.