1924 SALMSON GRAND SPORT

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1924 SALMSON GRAND SPORT
Serial number 20237 - Type VAL 3 Serie GS - 7HP
Very good condition - Superb line
Extremely rare model - French collector's registration



The brand was named after Emile Salmson (1859-1917), son of Jean-Jules Salmson and grandson of Jean-Baptiste Salmson, of Swedish origin, who opened a workshop specialising in pumps and steam engines around 1890. He then expanded into the aeronautical industry, manufacturing the Canton-Unné seven-cylinder star engine mounted by Breguet and Voisin from 1909. In early 1913, the Société des Moteurs Salmson (SMS) was created. Once peace had returned, part of the business was converted to the manufacture under licence of the English G.N. (Godfrey and Nash) cyclecar, launched for the 1919 Paris Motor Show. Two years later, the AL type used a double overhead camshaft engine on the GS (Grand Sport) version. Heavily modified (GSS, GSC and GS-GP), it won numerous races in its class, including the Bol d'Or (1923), the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1926, 1927, 1928) and the 200 Miles of Brooklands (1922, 1923, 1924, 1925). In the autumn of 1921, the Saint Andrew's Cross became the brand's emblem.

This 1924 Salmson Grand Sport 1100, number 20237, is equipped with a very nice streamlined body. It is in excellent condition. It is equipped with a double overhead camshaft engine number 872, which is in good working order and starts easily via a Ducellier starter. We go back to November 10, 1924, when it was purchased new by Mr. Noël, living in Versailles. The Grand Sport was then registered 802 Y 75. Later, on April 23, 1937, the car became the property of Mr. Charles Glersson, in Lyon, and was registered 6387 PF 8, as confirmed by the original registration card. The dashboard is of course equipped with period instrumentation signed O.S. and Paris-Rhône.
This is a nice way to get a taste of the pre-war era with a remarkable car, especially with its double overhead camshaft engine, which Bugatti, in comparison, would adopt much later by copying the American Millers.
With your glasses on, all your senses are alert in a cyclecar and you quickly forget the rest of the world to concentrate on your driving and enjoy the landscape. This Salmson is finally the essence of adventure, as Charles Lindbergh said, it is in every breath of wind, and this Salmson promises you some.
So here is a very nice cyclecar, ready to participate in historical events!
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