Jay Leno had a very special guest stop by his garage recently. Peter Mullin and his Pebble Beach-winning 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne took the time to visit the comedian and car enthusiast for a brief spell. It's no secret Leno is a fan of '30s French vehicles, and the Aerodyne holds a special place in his heart. The vehicle was a marvel of innovation when it debuted, featuring a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder sleeve-valve engine, a mechanized retractable hardtop sun roof and an interior that could have only been designed by a Frenchman.

Leno and Mullin spend plenty of time discussing the vehicle's origin as well as Voisin's colorful past. The engineer began his career designing aircraft, and claimed he was the first person in history to successfully engage in powered flight. He took off, flew and carefully landed his plane 18 months after the Wright brothers sailed along in Kitty Hawk, but received no recognition for his accomplishments. Interested in more? Hit the jump to check out the video.



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      David J. Bernstein
      • 3 Years Ago
      The people who claim "French cars suck" clearly know nothing about the glorious history of the French car industry and their many contributions to perfecting the automobile. But then again, most people couldn't name any French cars if their life depended on it except for maybe Renault, Citroen and Peugeot.
      Gilberto Cedolia
      • 3 Years Ago
      The seat pattern plays a wonderful counterpoint to the exterior aesthetic.
      Keith
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw this car at the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance in September, and it really is stunning. Gorgeous design, and the fit and finish are amazing. I had the pleasure of meeting Jay at the LeMay museum earlier in the year. I was there setting up computers for a charity auction and turned a corner and ran into Jay. Without missing a beat, I just said, "Oh, hi Jay." He is a really nice, smart, funny man who really loves cars.
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com/index.html
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      They are a little revisionist in their aviation history.Wright brothers flew (piloted) powered,controlled flight in 1903...Voisin flight was in 1908 and piloted by Harry Farman. Voisin even piloted Wright patterned gliders early on . Voisins flight was 5 years after the WB's,not 18 months. Also,they didnt push it down the rails,they stabilized it so the wing tip wouldnt dig into the sand.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad it doesn't look very great. It's a generic and rough-around-the-edges design to my eyes, and I'd take myself to be a pretty good design critic. Maybe there's something about this car I don't know.
        citidriver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Look at a lot of other cars from 1934, they are all boxy and upright compared to this, it even has a sort of lip spoiler under the front bumper
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        The fact that you just said you're a pretty good design critic kind of says that you're a douche who is VERY full of himself. As citidriver implied, there's nothing generic about this car.
      Darz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rare and different which is why it won the concours, but rather ugly really. I can think of many 1930s designs that are far more beautiful than this, including Bugatti, Mercedes, Duesenberg...any many more. just because its rare doesnt make it gorgeous.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      More Jay "turd ball" Leno stories? He's just another rich moron with a lot of money who likes cars. I swear he must have some good juicy stuff on AutoBlog editors or else they are on his payroll. It's the only explanation for why he is constantly getting mentioned.
      Lisa M. Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      In person this is a gorgeous car. (I posted it on my own blog.) Voisin was a major player in the automotive and aviation world. The design details on this car are abundant. In terms of style, sure it isn't seek, curvaceous and what most would term a sexy car but is has personality and panache. Look at the metal edge detail around the bottom of the car, it provides a finish point for the body. The interior fabric is a bit much compared to what we are used to today. But in context with the art deco style, especially in Paris at the time of production - this car had it all. Are there prettier cars? Sure, but this was a very well deserved win at Pebble Beach.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      pistolboythunder
      • 3 Years Ago
      funny thing i just saw jay leno at my job 2 days ago. he rolled up in his carrera gt i was test driving right behind him oh man than man has a big pasty chin. he then drove his car right into the porsche shop and idk i was working so i had no business doing anything there since i work on the audi side
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