The Voisin C20 I told you about on Saturday? The 2009 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance “Best In Show” winner sold for a world record $2.75 million dollars. More after the jump.
Up for sale at the inaugural Gooding & Company auction on Amelia Island is this 1931 Voisin C20. Considered a hallmark of Gabriel Voisin’s design and engineering talents, the car is powered by one of five 12 cylinder Voisin sleeve-vale engines built. Voisin’s early career was spent designing aircraft; after World War 1, Voisin was convinced that both military and civilian demand for aircraft would wane. He focused his attention on the luxury automobile market, applying lessons learned from building aircraft. His automobiles were among the first to utilize aluminum and other lightweight alloys in their construction, and his vehicles typically included far more instrumentation than other high end automobiles.
A 2009 Best of Show winner at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the Voisin is one of a kind and immaculate in every sense of the word. Pre-auction estimates are that the car will sell “in excess of $2 million”, and there seemed to be quite a bit of interest in the Voisin while I was in the Gooding tent. The downturn in the economy has not impacted the level of buyers seen at the Amelia Island auctions.