CLASS: Voisins with Voisin coachwork
CAR: Avions-Voisin C25 Aérodyne (1935) ; chassis 50010
At the 1934 Paris Motor Show the crowd was milling around the Citroën stand admiring the Traction. Even so a small manufacturer managed to shine. His name? Gabriel Voisin. Unlike André Citroën, he never made mass produced cars. The C25 Aerodyne was pure haute couture with its sliding opening roof actuated by a motor because he designed the whole car; and as a former plane manufacturer aerodynamics were particularly important for him. But the C25 Aérodyne never took off and only seven were made.
CLASS: The Racing McLarens
CAR: McLaren MP4/4 (1988) ; ex-Senna chassis
Despite its late arrival on the final day in the winter tests, the McLaren MP4/4 crushed its rivals in 1988. It also marked the start of the legendary Prost-Senna rivalry. Designed by Gordon Murray and Steve Nichols the car is easily recognisable by its very flat silhouette and its very low ground clearance. It drew its strength from exceptional aerodynamic efficiency and the redoubtable V6 Honda turbo. Winning 15 out of 16 grands prix it is still the most dominant single-seater in the history of Formula 1.
CLASS: Cars at the Paris Motor Show in the Grand Palais, up to 1961
CAR: Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe (1948) ; chassis 110103
This bare chassis left Talbot-Lago in October 1948, and is the only one delivered to Figoni & Falaschi. It is also the only tear-drop car made by the French coachbuilder in the post-war period. This car with its sleek lines was unveiled at the 1949 Motor Show and is one of the last great designs of post-war French coachwork. Its first owner was an industrialist called the King of the Zip fastener as recalled by the trammels on the front bonnet!
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