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1923 Salmson Sport

November 27, 2013

Our friend Manuel Parra sent in these photos of his latest project, a little 1923 Salmson Sport made in Paris.  He’s been on OL before, click for more.  His shop Cometa Restauracions in Madrid, Spain works on early machines, and turns out a surprising number each year.

The sexy boat-tail Salmson is shown racing in the 1920s sans windscreen, and on the streets in the 1950s, and now after a light restoration.  All that Manuel and his team did was to hand paint the mudguards, plus a cleaning of the original interior and polishing of the old paint.  The little tires and overall light weight must make things exciting with the 4 cylinder motor.

If you travel to Madrid, be sure to stop into the shop to say hello and see the latest projects.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2013 10:33 pm


  2. November 27, 2013 10:36 pm

    I wonder why they ditched the front snubbers. Must have used a lap robe for the cool days. I wonder if a tall guy could drive it? Thanks as all ways, Paul V Long Beach

  3. Doug Lyon permalink
    November 28, 2013 12:15 am

    Salmson had some curious ideas about many things. Is this a 4 pushrod motor? As I recall the whole of the top end of the motor, plugs leads – the lot – are encased in the rocker box cover on some models. The oiling system on the early cars is somewhat questionable, leading to rapid wear during startup, and I was told by an owner local to me that the best thing to do once you’ve started a Salmson is to never turn it off!

    • November 28, 2013 10:15 am

      Hi Doug. It sure looks like there should be a tin rocker box cover on top of the head. I don’t know these cars very well, but this one predates the British Salmson cars begun in 1934. It sure looks small and light,and it must be a hoot to drive.

  4. Doug Lyon permalink
    December 5, 2013 3:20 am

    This is indeed a four pushrod motor. I’ve referred to Chris Draper’s book on Salmsons, and this model is effectively Andre Lombard’s development of the British GN cyclecar. All that’s left of that is the front end really – no chains to be seen here! The four push rod motor uses the push rods to open the exhaust valves in the normal way, but a dip in the cam allows stronger inlet valve opening springs to overpower the inlet closing spring thus opening that valve when required. It’s not a desmo as the valves aren’t pulled shut by the mechanism. Adjustment for clearances is a teaser if you don’t know how it works! They were very lively cars and gave a good account of themselves apparently.

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