S almson 9AD, Talbot T 150 C and Frisky Sport Convertible - the chance that the reader will encounter one of these three cars in the wild is negligible. The Salmson with the air-cooled radial engine is a one-off, five of the baby-blue Frisky are currently known to be roadworthy, and the population of the Talbot with its own bodywork above the racing car chassis is likely to be somewhere in between 9AD
The worst chances are currently with the Salmson, whose clutch made a spectacular goodbye at the Classic Days last year. 'Since then we haven't got around to repairing the damage because we want to tackle the gearbox right away,' says owner Horst Linn from Eschenfelden in Bavaria. Unfortunately, the entire power transmission of the French cycle car is designed for a small 1100 four-cylinder - and not for a nine-cylinder radial engine from an aircraft with three liters of displacement, plenty of torque and 68 hp.
This engine, however, comes also from the Salmson works in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, after all, the company founded by Émile Salmson in 1890 initially produced aircraft engines and even complete aircraft, before creating another pillar with the construction of automobiles after the First World War. Even then there were plans to use one of the aircraft engines in the car, but they were never put into practice.
It was not until the 1990s that a quirky Englishman came up with the idea of a nine-cylinder radial engine type AD9, who had previously served in a German terminal and was lying around in Kent County, in the chassis of a 1926 Salmson VAL3 that had been found in a barn near Bristol in the sixties. However, some technical difficulties apparently could not be solved that easily, which is why the Salmson changed hands a few times until it finally came to Horst Linn in 2007.
New primary drive for the Salmson
'We basically left the chassis as it is and only installed new brake drums, after all the Salmson runs at 3,000 revolutions at almost 160 km /h,' says the 68-year-old technician who runs a small high-tech company that, among other things, handles German space missions equipped with special furnaces for materials research.
was all the more dedicated tosuccessful racing and rally driver who started his career with Walter Röhrl, the drive: 'In addition to a new exhaust pipe, we have improved the primary drive with a duplex chain and pressure roller,' he explains. The radial engine itself is basically unproblematic; in flight operations it should run for 50 hours without problems. 'Only the setting of the valve clearance is critical,' says Horst Linn.
The clutch and three-speed gearbox, which are completely overwhelmed by the powerful aircraft engine, now require more attention. 'We are now building a proper solution that will last,' says Horst Linn, 'after all, we don't want to exhibit the vehicle, we want to drive it.' The Salmson should be ready for use again by the Classic Days at the beginning of August and then romp around the triangular course at the Racing Legends. Perhaps you will see it before somewhere on small country roads near Nuremberg - the one-off is of course street legal.
Rolling work of art: Talbot T 150
You won't want to go on long journeys with this fragile vehicle, however, the Talbot T 150 C on this page was created just for that. It comes from a glorious era in which the French bodywork artists consistently outdid each other. Saoutchik, Letourneur et Marchand or Figoni et Falaschi created structures of breathtaking beauty that still enchant the viewer today. These Grandes Routières were only intended to bring the rich and famous of the twenties and thirties from Paris to the Côte d‘Azur as quickly, comfortably and stylishly as possible. And of course every owner wanted to sweep the country with a body that was as unique as possible.
So it was also for Bernhard Hübel from Laudenbach in Baden that he initially took the form for the Talbot. 'You don't suddenly get up in the morning and say I need a Talbot,' says the 60-year-old forwarding agent and enthuses: 'I just liked the car - it's a feast for the eyes, a work of art.'
Basically, Hübel is a flawless Alfisti with an impressive collection of Milanese treasures. But what the circuit racer loves about the Talbot, besides the shape, are the inner values: 'Under the flowing shapes there is a pure racing car, the chassis and engine come from the T 150 C.'
Tried and tested racing car technology in the Talbot T 150
Antonio Lago copied this concept from Bugatti. When the native Venetian took over the Talbot works in Suresnes, also near Paris, in 1934, he immediately decided to radically turn away from the previous, rather clumsy Talbot image. The cars of the future should be sportier, more modern and lighter and also play a role on the racetrack; As with Bugatti, customers will in future receive tried and tested racing technology in an exciting tailor-made suit.
Chief engineer Walter Becchia designed a modern inline six-cylinder engine with initially three, later four liters displacement and hemispherical combustion chambers, the crankshaft in the T 150 C (for Course: racing version) had seven bearings and developed around 165 hp in the racing car. Talbot won the 1937 Grand Prix in Tunis as well as the three-hour race in Miramas and celebrated a triumphant triple victory at the French Grand Prix Pushing around 1500 kilograms light convertible casually over the 160 km /h mark. The gear change is extremely easy thanks to the Wilson preselector, the chassis with independent front suspension still guarantees safe road holding today.
One would like to quickly check the oil level, fill up with fuel and cross the Rhône valley Drive to Cannes and arrive as quickly and relaxed as you would with a modern touring car. With the Frisky Sport Convertible, the journey would certainly be a lot of fun - but it would take a little longer.
The little blue good mood car: Frisky Sport
The first encounter with the English small car, 2.78 meters short and 1.41 meters narrow, involuntarily begins with a grin that spreads on the face of the beholder and inevitably leads to the mocking question of which children's carousel the thing was escaped from. Owner Oliver Hartmann, a dentist by trade and a passionate collector of small cars, is used to it and likes to tell the story of the vehicle with pleasure and patience.
'An English racing driver who lived in Egypt had the idea of a To build small cars for Egypt, 'says the 49-year-old from Cologne. Michelotti could be won as a designer, the production was taken over by the Meadows company, once among other things engine manufacturer for Invicta and Lagonda. The small car was presented in October 1957 at the Earls Court Motor Show in London; How many coupés and convertibles were built up to 1960 is not known - twelve are said to have survived.
A two-cylinder two-stroke engine behind the seats with 327 cm3 and 17 hp, which carries the 350 kg light car with it angry rattling brings to 80 km /h. There is definitely room for two passengers, the suspension comfort is amazing - basically, the Frisky should be available on prescription against depression, because everyone meets the little blue good-mood car with a happy grin.
Oliver Hartmann drives it restored Frisky for two years and will present him at the Classic Days at the Wirtschaftswunder cars. The Talbot takes part in the Concours d‘Elegance, and the Salmson takes part on the circuit - three of more than a thousand reasons to visit Dyck Castle this year