Lot 51 - 1935 Salmson S4C
|Odometer reading||45,500 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,924|
In 1929, the French Salmson company started a British branch company, Moteurs Salmson in Raynes Park London, as a radial aero engine maker for the British Empire market. Taken over by British sports car racer Howard Martineau and investors in 1930, they renamed it British Salmson Aero Engines Ltd and continued production under license. As aero engine sales proved slow, the company extended the license deal to include local production of cars from 1934. The British S4C had the same twin overhead camshaft, 1471cc, four cylinder engine and chassis as its French parent, but the gearbox was updated to include synchromesh on the top two ratios. The coachwork was to a British design and was available in four door saloon, sports saloon, open tourer and drophead coupé versions bought in from Ranalah or Newns. Two engines were offered, the single carburettor 12/55 and the tuned, twin carburettor 12/70. The latter was claimed to take the car to 80mph with about 230 estimated to have been made.
This elegant example is a 12/55 3-position drophead coupé configuration with four seats and a convertible roof. The exterior is mid-green with black wings and a light brown leather interior. Its history is known and documented since 1952 and includes several modifications such as twin carburetors and hydraulic brakes added in the fifties and flashing indicators in 1990 and a full chassis up rebuild by its then owner during the seventies. It was then sold to an owner in Berlin for a short time and was consequently bought from him in 1991 by the vendor. The engine was taken out to be reconditioned and spare re-built engine used in the interim. However as weeks turned into months, it has remained running on the spare quite happily with the original, now fully rebuilts with new pistons, bearings and camshafts as a spare. A new hood, carpet, brakes and tyres are also recent additions. It has always been garaged however due to external pressures, has not had the road-time it requires. Complete with a 12 month MoT test certificate and road tax, it is in very good overall condition and it drives well. Included in the sale are an extensive selection of spare parts as well the original engine, two gearboxes, an axle, radiator, headlamp. shock absorbers and more. An affordable alternative to a Derby Bentley whilst still maintaining similar styling and build quality.
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