1928 Salmson GS8 Roadster
Chassis no. 21004
Body by Weinberger
•The quintessential French sporting voiturette
•Delivered new to Germany
•Long-term ownership in the USA
•Fully restored in 2017
•Mille Miglia eligible
In 1926, Salmson introduced the Grand Sport (GS) model powered by its famous double-overhead-camshaft 1100cc engine producing 40 horsepower. When Salmson closed its racing department in 1929 they could look back on more the 500 race victories and 10 world records.
Offered here is the fourth of only 128 Salmson Grand Sport cars build with the Grand Prix chassis and the normally aspirated twin-cam engine, and the only chassis delivered through their German branch in Kehl am Rhein. The first and only German owner was Walther Rein of Munich, who had the chassis bodied with this handsome roadster coachwork, probably Locally in Munich by Weinberger. The car was registered 'IIA 19123' and, most unusually, the original licence plate is still with the car, which also comes with a US Title and EU import paperwork.
After WW2 the Salmson was bought by an American GI, Ernest Tuff, who drove the car cross-country from Bavaria to Bremerhaven and shipped it to his home in Minnesota, USA. In 1954, Tuff dismantled the engine after he heard a strange knocking noise coming from it, but he never rebuilt the engine and the car sat in the same spot for many years. Now 86 years old, Ernest Tuff sold his 'twin cam Sammy' last year to the current vendor, who has just completed a 'last nut and bolt' restoration to return the car to its former glory.
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