Villafranca di Verona – 23th October 2018. Museo Nicolis, one of the most prestigious istitutions of the european heritage, arrived in Padua with the unique Avions Voisin to celebrate the roaring twenties. “Auto e Moto d’Epoca” it’s a must in the international calendar, it’s the most important italian show and the biggest market of historic cars in Europe.
“For us is fundamental to give an international value to the binomial motorism/culture trough qualified events” says Silvia Nicolis, the president of the Museum. “For us Auto e Moto d’Epoca is a fixed appointment, as it is for alle the covers and all the people working in this field. In this occasion in Padua, the past and the present met in an unique emotion.”
Gabriel Voisin, pioneer of French aviation, founded the “Société Anonyme des Aéroplanes G. Voisin“. Created to produce aircrafts, at the end of the First World War the company was converted to car production using all the experience gained in the aircraft field. This meant that aeronautical studies, which developed greatly during World War I, had an unusual application on the car bodies: the wide use of aluminium, aerodynamics, functionality and originality. The badge of the firm shows a stylized dove whose shape recalls the Egyptian goddess Isis. In 1937, the economic crisis forced Gabriel Voisin to sell his shares; in 1940 the company was acquired by Gnome et Rhone and returned to aircraft production. To Gabriel Voisin we owe several innovations such as the reverse light, Cotal electromagnetic gearbox use and large glass surfaces.
The car on show in the museum is fitted with a Knight type sleeve valve engine and the bodywork, created by Alfred Belvalette, has distinctive windows which could be folded to disappear inside the door.
Where: Museo Nicolis – Villafranca di Verona via Postumia, 71
When: Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday. .
Opening Time: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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