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special thanks to Frans Kamps

Avions Voisin, in Stand nr. 78, were naturally trying to cash in on their 50.000 km. record fame. The Dutch press were very much impressed, as we can read from the Autokampioen of 24 Jan. 1931 “Voisin zou niet Voisin moeten zijn, wanneer hij niet jaarlijks met iets bijzonders te voorschijn kwam, en zoo zien we thans als clou van den stand den 12-cyl. 5-liter Voisin surbaissé met 4 pers. cond. int. Myra, die een unicum op de R.A.I. is, zoowel wat bouw en lijn betreft als wegens zijn prestaties.” The journalist concludes with a PS: “Mocht u den heer van Doornik (sic) treffen, vergeet dan niet hem nog mondeling geluk te wenschen met zijn aandeel in den monster-record-rit van den 12-cyl. Voisin.”

Lofty praise indeed, but Autokampioen seems to be underbidding here, as we can read from comments from Th. van Swieten in “De Auto” of 9 Oct. 1930 as well as Henri Meyer in “Autoleven” of 16 Oct. 1930, the pair of them unanimously referring to this Voisin as not merely the clou of the Voisin stand but: “De Clou van den Parijschen Salon” , Th. van Swieten ventures even further: “De 12 cyl. Voisin surbaissé is een gedurfde creatie....Ook hier zal Voisin weer blijken een baanbreker voor de toekomstige industrie te zijn..” The future of the Industry was however largely determined by the Great Depression, and many automobile companies were happy just to survive. The Myra was priced at a staggering Hfl. 20.175, and it seems unlikely that sales went through the roof. At least one remains in The Netherlands: the Voisin C23 Myra 6-Cyl. ; a great asset of the Louwman Collection in The Hague.

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