Caudron C450

The Caudron C450 was an exceedingly advanced racing aircraft built in France in early 1934, the plane was a one-off design created to be raced in the Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe race of the same year.

Powered by a 300hp Renault engine and capable of speeds in excess of 310mph the C450 won the race by a safe margin, piloted around the course by Maurice Arnoux.

The lessons learnt in the development of racing planes like the Caudron C450 and C460 went on to be the foundations in the creation of the infamous fighter planes of the Second World War, taking a look at the side profile below you can see shades of the P51, Spitfire, Hurricane and even the Messerschmidt BF109.

Click either image for the high-resolution version.

C450

Ben Branch Profile Picture Silodrome - The Caudron C450
Founder & Senior Editor Silodrome

Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more.

Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

Published by Ben Branch -