Venturi Automobiles

May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 4, 2015

Venturi LogoBrief History About Venturi

Venturi Automobiles was founded in 1984 in France by engineer Claude Poiraud and designer Gérard Godfroy as MVS (Manufacture de Voitures de Sport).

They built numerous GT style cars, first for the road (from 1984) and then race cars (from 1992). Their involvement in building GT race cars for motorsport was successful and much of this was transferred down to the 1994 400 GT, which was also the first car in the world to have carbon disc brakes fitted as standard. Also in 1994 Scotsman Hubert O’Neill became the new owner of Venturi.

However the good success in motorsport came at a price, as they put too much of the company money into it. This forced the sale of Venturi due to bankruptcy in 1996 to new owner Nakarin Benz, who for a short period until 1998 built a few Venturi road cars, who themselves went bankrupt in 2000.

In 2001 Gildo Pallanca Pastor from Monaco purchased Venturi and built a two-seater electric sports car called the Venturi Fétish in 2006. Also in 2009 they acquired French motorcycle manufacturer Voxan to get involved in motorcycle production.

Venturi MVS
Venturi – MVS 1984-2000

Venturi 400GT
400GT 1994-1997