1920 - 1957

Salmson

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Salmson, a French marque synonymous with engineering excellence, began its journey in 1890 under the vision of Émile Salmson in Paris. Originally crafting pumps and small engines, the firm expanded into the aviation sector during WWI by manufacturing airplane engines, and eventually complete airplanes. Post-war, Salmson transitioned into the automotive industry, rolling out its first automobile in 1920—the model AL, a significant leap marked by the introduction of a sophisticated double overhead cam (DOHC) engine in 1922.

Their automotive endeavors peaked with models like the Salmson 2300S, introduced in 1953. This car became a hallmark for its speed, touching 112 mph, and its prowess was evident as it graced the racing circuits, including the prestigious 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, despite the technological advancements and racing laurels, Salmson faced economic challenges. Post-war taxation on larger engines and dwindling sales led to bankruptcy in 1957, concluding its automotive chapter as the plant was sold to Renault.

Today, Salmson’s legacy in automobiles may have ceased, but the brand endures, focusing on its roots in high-quality pump manufacturing. This pivot ensures that while their cars may no longer grace the roads, Salmson’s engineering prowess continues to impact other industries.

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