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Sunday 23 June 2019

1954 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé - BONHAMS AUCTIONS Chantilly Sale Sunday 30th June 2019


Chantilly Sale
Sunday 30th June 2019

1954 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé 

Coachwork by Henri Chapron
Chassis no. 85126
• One of only 188 Chapron-bodied examples built 

• The last Salmson model produced in Billancourt 
• 1956 Tour de France and Lyon Charbonners participating 
• Mille Miglia participating in 2011


  • In the aftermath of WW2, there was little demand in France for high-performance cars of the type Salmson had been producing in the late 1930s, the result of punitive rates of taxation. Nevertheless, for the year 1953 season 2.2-liter hike: the 2300 Sport.

    Styled by Eugène Martin, the 2300 Sport was a pretty 2 + 2 coupé, 227 examples of which were made up to 1957 by Esclassan (39 cars) and Henri Chapron, the latter being responsible for the remaining 188. The Randonnée's four- speed electromagnetic Cotal gearbox was retained, while other noteworthy features included torque tube transmission and rack-and-pinion steering. All Salmson cars were built in right-hand drive configuration. With 105bhp on tap of its 2.3-liter twin-cam oven, the 2300 Sport was a great performer by the standards of the day, boasting a top speed of around 180km / h.

    For Salmson and its wealthy customers, racing and rallying is the fastest growing strength and reliability of the 2300 Sport. They competed at Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957 (in 1956 in complete standard with all the luxuries of radio!) And the 1956 Mille Miglia. While it was achieved on the track, the 2300 Sport proved a much more effective rally car, winning on 13 occasions in 1954. However, like France's other quality motor manufacturers Salmson was struggling to survive and the factory was bought by Renault in 1957.

    Salmson 2300 Sports believed to survive worldwide. These cars very rarely come to the market, particularly so in roadworthy condition. Chassis number '85126' was purchased by Mr Paul Mazaud, owner of the Salmson concession in Nantes. Used as a demonstrator, Mr Stanislas Motte, who competed with the Tour de France Automobile (now Auto Tour) in 1956 and also in the Lyon-Charbonnieres. In 1967, the Salmson was sold to Mr Letreguilly, and in 2004 was purchased by Mr Vallez.

    This Salmson has been sympathetically refurbished on various occasions throughout its life. In 2005-2006 the body, engine, and interior were restored, while further worked between 2009 and 2014. The car participated in the Mille Miglia, Alpine Cup, and Liège-Rome-Liège (all in 2011) and in 2014 took part in the Auto Tour, being completely overhauled for that event. It has been used only sparingly since then. 

    Accompanying documentation includes current Belgian registration papers; FIVA identity card (dated 2006); copies of old articles featuring the car; The Tour de France (1956), 9th Rally Lyon-Charbonniere (1956) and Mille Miglia (2011). 


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