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Chapron Salmson 2300 S Cabriolet 1955
Chapron Salmson 2300 S Cabriolet 1955
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While Salmson was largely unknown outside France, their modern twin overhead cam engine, under the tax threshold at 2.3 liters, would have seemed to offer a decent chance for popularity, at least inside France. This somewhat Alfa-like engine had some performance potential, featuring an aluminum head with hemispherical combustion chambers.  But the company was slow to adapt to changing tastes; they stayed with right-hand drive, for example, like some other upper-crust makes, and continued offering the heavy Cotal electromagnetic preselector transmission even though it wasn't well-suited to smaller and lighter postwar cars.  In the postwar era, they managed to produce around 230 of the 2300s model (1953-57) and a couple thousand of the more sedate S4 which preceded it.  

Of the sportier 2300s, there are a few with special bodywork, like Henri Chapron's cabriolets based on his "standard" 4-passenger coupe.



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