1927 AVIONS VOISIN C7 CHASTNESS
FROM PLANES TO AUTOMOBILES
Production Years: 1924-1928
Number Produced: 1,350
From planes to automobiles. Gabriel Voison designed our 1927 Avions Voisin C7 Chastness with a body nicknamed “lumineuse” which means open to light. In typical Voisin fashion, the top of the car is narrower: ” You need less room for your head than for your arms “. All details are vintage Voisin as the locks on the doors, the opening of the windshield or the three trunks two in front, one at the back to balance the weight with the luggage. The mascot on the radiator cap is a bird nicknamed by Voisin the “cocotte” – meaning a hen to children or as an expensive “chick” to adults. The renowned architect, Le Corbusier, drove a Voisin C7, like the one in our collection, and often featured Voisins in his architectural sketches. 1,300 of these cars were produced. The 1,551 c.c. four-cylinder sleeve-valve engine drives through a three-speed gearbox with a two-speed overdrive, which provides 6 forward and 2 reverse speeds and gives the car a maximum speed of 65 mph. The specification includes servo-assisted brakes. This is an example of the so-called Lumineuse body style. The interior fabric’s pattern is a typical Voisin design.