An incredible Voisin C-27 Aérosport designed and built by eccentric aviation pioneer, Gabriel Voisin took the biggest accolade at this year’s Concours of Elegance winning ‘Best in Show’ at Hampton Court Palace…
The ‘Best in Show’ award, voted by the owners of the cars on display, went to the wonderful art deco Voisin C-27 Aérosport. Designed by one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, Voisin automobiles were lightweight, advanced, aerodynamic and one of the most sophisticated cars of their day with only the rich and famous ever witnessing the luxurious trimmings of the flambouyant cabin area.
A collaboration between Voisin and André Noël-Noël Telmont, this particular Voisin was has never been showcased before in the UK and displays everything relative to Voisin’s aviation background, including the innovative sliding roof system and wiper arrangement.
Most of his creations were hand-built and bodied in-house, producing stunning bodies and rarely entrusted to coachbuilders, as many other manufacturers did at the time. Equally, a Voisin automobile was traditionally bodied in aluminium to ensure it was as light as possible – a decision that led to many being scrapped during World War II while aluminium was in short supply. Out of approximately 11,000 units built, only around 150 Voisin cars remain intact.
Owners of the Voisin C-27 Aérosport, Peter and Merle Mullin received the all-new Pegasus sculpture trophy, created by renowned wildlife sculptor and artist, Robert Rattray, in meticulous detail over the course of six months.
Peter Mullin said:
“We are honored to receive such an esteemed award as Best of Show. The Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace is a world-renowned automotive display and to have one of our cars recognized there is an immense privilege.”
The full list of awards:
Best in Show – 1934 Avions Voisin Type C-27 Aérosport
Pre-1915s – 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50 HP
1920s – 1921 Bamford & Martin Aston Martin A3
1930s – 1932 Alfa Tipo P3 Tipo B
1940s – 1948 Delahaye 135M Fixed Head Coupé by Chapron
1950s – 1950 Ferrari 166 Inter Cabriolet Farina
1960s – 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
1970s – 1970 Porsche 917K Rofgo
Post-1980s – 1997 Ferrari F50 Berlinetta
The Royal Automobile Club Trophy – Fiat Dino
Jaguar Trophy – Jaguar E-type #850026
Bentley Trophy – Bentley MkVI Coupe by Freestone and Webb
The Junior Concours – Jaguar E-type
The Bridge of Weir Design Award – Delahaye 135MS Speciale Faget-Varnet
Future Classics – Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S
Classic & Sports Car Club Display Award – Saturday: Maserati 3500 GT
Classic & Sports Car Club Display Award – Sunday: Mercedes 190SL
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