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Dubos Avions Voisin C30 Cabriolet
Dubos Avions Voisin C30 Cabriolet
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This one-off C30 Cabriolet was designed and bodied by the renowned coachbuilder Louis Dubos for the Avions Voisin display at the 1938 Paris Salon. The new Avions Voisin automobile company, which had at the time only recently been taken over by G. Garabédian, asked Gabriel Voisin to develop this show model to be presented, alongside a Voisin-bodied 30S Coupe, on the reborn firm's stand. However, Gabriel was otherwise engaged, so the project was handed over to Louis Dubos. The sweeping lines of the Dubos Cabriolet are set off by a radiator ensemble, which identifies the car instantly as a Voisin. The radiator is, of course, topped by the traditional and famous "Cocotte" (chick) radiator mascot designed by Gabriel Voisin himself.

The Dubos Cabriolet had an innovative soundproofing system, utilizing a flocking produced from tar-based products to reduce engine and road noise. Chassis features, including the two sturdy parallel beams, were identical to the C30 Sedan, except for the 4-door model's longer wheelbase.

Of course, the two C30 show cars at the 1938 Paris Salon were presented in anticipation of a future that would not to be realized. The outbreak of World War II in late 1939 brought a sudden stop to C30 production. The very few C30s were also the very last Voisin automobiles. Out of the approximately thirty C30 chassis produced, there are only five known to still exist. The Avions Voisin factory, located on the immediate outskirts of Paris at Issy les Moulineaux, was requisitioned by the occupying power and converted into an airplane engine repair facility.

Source: Bonhams



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