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1921 vions Voisin C3 M.O.M.

Avions Voisin was a French luxury automobile brand established by Gabriel Voisin in 1919 which traded until 1939. Gabriel B. Voisin was an aviation pioneer and manufacturer who in 1919 started producing cars using Knight-type sleeve valve engines at Issy-les-Moulineaux, an industrial suburb to the southwest of Paris. Former student of the Fine Arts School of Lyon and enthusiast for all things mechanical since his childhood, Voisin's uncompromisingly individual designs made extensive use of light alloys, especially aluminum. One of the company's most striking early designs was the Laboratoire Grand Prix car of 1923; one of the first cars ever to use monocoque chassis construction, and utilising small radiator-mounted propeller to drive the cooling pump. The characteristic Voisin style of 'rational' coachwork he developed in conjunction with his collaborator Andre Noel. Noel prioritized lightness, central weight distribution, capacious luggage boxes and distinctively angular lines. The 1930s models with underslung chassis were strikingly low.

In the early 1930s, Gabriel Voisin could not pay all of his draftsmen any more and a young creative engineer called Andre Lefebvre quit, recommended by Gabriel to Louis Renault. Lefebvre finally entered Citroen where he led three particularly significant car projects: the Traction Avant, the 2CV and the DS, using a lot of Gabriel's lessons.

C3 model was presented in 1921 at the Paris Motor Show. It was sold as a chassis or as a finished car with a torpedo body. Under hood a 12-cylinder engine was located, while in 1922 the front brakes were optional! By 1923, the brakes on all four wheels became standard equipment, and then the cars sold only in the form of chassis. A total of 440 cars were made, until the model C5 was substituted for the model C3 in 1924.
The museum exhibits a car with the body of M.O.M. Company.

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