1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13

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1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé
Registration no. JVS 826 Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13

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1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé
Coachwork by Henri Chapron

Registration no. JVS 826
Chassis no. 85213
Engine no. 154.11-13

Footnotes

  • In the aftermath of WW2, there was little demand in France for high-performance luxury cars of the type Salmson had been producing in the late 1930s, the result of punitive rates of taxation. Nevertheless, for the 1953 season their talented technical staff produced an updated version of the 2.2-litre Randonnée: 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 with bodies by Esclassan and Henri Chapron, the latter being responsible for the bulk of production. The Randonnée's four-speed 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 from its 2.3-litre twin-cam four, the 2300 Sport was a strong performer by the standards of the day, boasting a top speed of 112mph.
    With its class-leading specification, the 2300 Sport clearly had competition potential. Examples competed at Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957 (in 1956 in standard trim complete with all luxuries including a radio!) and the 1956 Mille Miglia. While little 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. A 2300 Sport was the last car off the production line.
    The example offered here is one of fewer than 80 2300 Sports believed to survive worldwide. These cars very rarely come onto the market, particularly so in such outstandingly roadworthy condition. '85213' was restored in the early 1990s when work undertaken included a 'bare metal' body restoration, with rusty panels cut out, repaired, made good with lead loading and then finished in a deep Rosso paint. A testament to the quality of these repairs and paintwork, is that after 20 years it still presents in superb condition. At the same time the interior was re-trimmed, the engine rebuilt and gas-flowed plus all brightwork re-plated. Circa 12,000 miles have been covered since the restoration was completed.
    Currently taxed and MoT'd, this rare French GT comes with Swansea V5 document, the original production sheet, facsimile handbook, miscellaneous parts and service items, and a comprehensive history file containing restoration invoices and photographs, ownership history, list of events/rallies attended since 1992, and copy of a 'Classic Cars' article.
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1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupé  Chassis no. 85213 Engine no. 154.11-13
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