1934 Voisin C25 Aerodyne Scale Model

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Minichamps 1934 Voisin C25 Aerodyne, A. Voisin diecast car
  • Year: 1934
  • Brand: Minichamps
  • Make: Voisin
  • Code: MP437-119160
  • Model: C25 Aerodyne, A. Voisin
  • Scale: 1:43
  • Color: Dark Blue
  • Note: Resin Model

Here is what the Mullin website has to say about the Voisin C25: “Presented for the first time in October 1934 at the 28th Paris Salon de l’Automobile, the revolutionary modern design of Gabriel Voisin’s C25 Aérodyne drew throngs of admirers and curiosity-seekers, despite the formidable competition posed by Renault’s new “Hyper Aerodynamic” and Citroen’s “Traction Avant”. The Aérodyne was Voisin’s “car of the future” - an automobile that sought to capitalize upon the public’s growing fascination with streamlining and aerodynamics, and a project that Voisin hoped would remake its image in the wake of past bankruptcy. Based upon the C24 Aérodyne, Voisin commissioned the Type C25 built upon an enlarged 4.78 meter 17CV chassis. Costing 88,000 francs during a time of widespread economic hardship, the Aérodyne was an exclusive car affordable only to the most affluent automobilist.”

This particular C25, powered by a 3.3-liter 6-cylinder sleeve valve engine, made its debut at Lyon in 1935. Power was transmitted to the rear wheels through a Cotal electric gearbox. This model represents what I would consider to be the “classic” Voisin look, described as avant garde even compared to other flamboyant designs of the period. The slab-sided body with rounded contours from front to rear (seen in profile view), narrow front fenders with the typical Voisin external supports, skirted rear fenders, disc wheel covers, and low level headlamps made for a car that could not be confused with any other. Avions Voisin engineered a retractable roof which slid back along the contours of the roof line. Windows in the roof doubled as apertures to get a rear view from the dash-mounted mirror with the roof retracted.

There were 28 C25s made, of which seven or eight were Aerodynes; only four are thought to exist today. The Mullin car was a “Best in Show” winner at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. (Note: for a little history about the origins of Voisin, see my review of the Minichamps C27 Grand Sport).

Minichamps continues to do a wonderful job with the Mullin cars. One of the most striking features of the real car is the outlandish art deco period upholstery in geometric patterns of white, black, and various shades of gray. Minichamps has duplicated this pattern rather closely considering this scale and I’ve attempted to show a bit of it through a sunlit rear window picture. The dark blue and gray two-tone paint seems accurate and the separation between colors is very well done, bearing in mind that my photos may depict the blue a shade or two too light.

The overall body shape looks spot-on. The uniquely French yellow headlamps are there, but could have been more accurate if clear lenses over a yellow bulb had been designed instead – a minor point. As with the C27 roadster, the unique Voisin mascot and fender braces have been well-executed. Except for the front wheel openings, what appears to be a ribbed metal trim line runs the perimeter of the entire car, a unique Voisin design feature. The C27 is already shown as sold out at the manufacturer, so don’t delay ordering this fine companion piece.

-Harvey Goranson

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