The 2021 Concours of Elegance presented by A. Lange & Söhne was held at Hampton Court Palace last weekend, with the prestigious “Best in Show” award, voted by the owners of the cars on display, going to a unique art deco rolling sculpture known as the Voisin C-27 Aérosport.
The origins of the C27 Aérosport lie in the Aérodyne, a provocative car created for the 1934 Paris Motor Show that didn’t quite hit the mark in terms of sales. After the expo, two roadsters were built on shortened Aérodyne chassis – which became known as the C27. This car is all that remains of the Voisin C27 breed, created by one of the most acclaimed engineers of the 20th Century, the celebrated aviation pioneer Gabriel Voisin, and it shows many of the hallmarks of Voisin’s aviation background.
Voisin (5 February 1880 – 25 December 1973) was one of the world’s great aviation pioneers, and along with Alberto Santos-Dumont, Henri Farman and Glenn Curtiss, he was one of the people responsible for the formation of the aviation industry in the decade after the Wright Brothers’ first flight.