1927→1932 Voisin C14
Above Images ©Bonhams 1793 Limited
The Voisin C14 chassis was produced from late 1927 into 1932 with a total of 1,795 were manufactured, making the C14 one of Voisin's most prolific models. Many received custom bodies inspired by the Art Deco movement, especially those design by the Andre Lefèbvre for Voisin like the Chartre Demi-Berline.
The C14 utilized a 2.4-litre 6-cylinder engine featuring the patented Knight-type sleeve valve design, which helped the engine operate in relative silence. First patented by pioneer Charles Knight in 1908, sleeve valves replaced standard poppet valves with moving sleeves that surrounded the piston to uncover intake and exhaust ports. This complex system worked without return springs, and enabled very high engine speeds with less stress than a conventional pushrod design. Voisin decided that the resulting quieter ride would offset the slight haze left by the exhaust as oil slipped between the sleeves.
The C14 utilized the famed Voisin-developed transfer box system in conjunction with a conventional transmission to effectively provide a low and high-speed range for each forward gear. It was controlled by Cotal electric relays operated via switches on the steering column. Additional technical features included power assisted braking and Voisin worm-gear steering.
Chassis & Sales
1931 Voisin C14 Chartre. Factory bodywork design by Andre Lefèbvre. One of two known to exist. This car was discovered in 1967. The new owner restored the interior which meant recreating the Paul Poiret fabric on a Jacquard loom. Shown at a special Voisin exhibit at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours. Offered at Bonhams 2008 Quail Motorcar Auction and subsequently at their 2010 Retromobile Auction.
Auction Sales History
1931 Avions Voisin C14 Chartre 28674 - sold for $667,000
This car is one of two C14 Chartre models known to exist, the second being kept in a Swiss foundation. (In addition, one 12-cylinder example survives.) This car received a Best In Class award for amateur restorations when shown in a special Voisin exhibit at Pebble Beach in 2006.
It could be many years, if ever, before an opportunity to obtain an example of the fabulous Voisin Chartre presents itself again.
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Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview