The 1934 Voisin C15 Saloit Roadster was designed by Monsieur Delacluse who ordered a unique chassis that he designed. In the design was a massive hood that helped to give the car an aggressive look.
However, a car with these proportions was probably better suited for a straight eight or V12 engine compared to the four pot which resided under the hood. And this is where the exact history becomes a little confusing. Details beyond Saliot’s initial involvement remain a mystery, as they were not known for many coach building skills but the body might have been made in their shop. All we know is that the car was ordered at Saliot so that’s the closest we can get to a credit on the body design.
The chassis itself is a total mystery, as it carries no chassis number and its type is debated. It believed that Monsieur Delacluse either received the car as an old show-chassis or it was modified from a wreck. When the Saliot body was attached, a cross member had to be removed to relocate the cockpit further back. And the Voisin community is still debating what type of chassis this is. Many people, including author Pascal Courteault, say that it is a C15, while others, including the Pebble Beach committee, speculate that it is a C25 (which would have twin Zenith Strombergs, a 3.28m wheelbase and a 3.0l engine).
The current owner, Sam Mann believes it’s a C15 with a Saliot body. He acquired the car in 1998 and immediately funded a restoration. During which, he added some personal touches including enhanced fenders, a revised cowl, Marshall headlights and an ostrich skin interior. Original details such as the 16 sixteen inch wire wheels and Â‘telecontol Â‘shock absorbers adjustable from the cockpit remained on the car.
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