Another picture from Peter McFadyen taken at the recent VSCC ‘Light Car Welsh’. Judging by the mud on the car and the serious wet-weather gear of the participants, this was not a day for a gentle saunter in the countryside. All credit, therefore, to the two intrepid enthusiasts in our picture. We suppose that the rucksack contains a change of clothing and, perhaps, some well-earned refreshments.
The Salmson AL2 was powered by the highly unusual “Monoculbuteur” engine that used only a single pushrod per cylinder, actuating both inlet and exhaust valves. It was inefficient, but very cost-effective to produce – and 10,000 of these cars were made between 1921 and 1927, before the designer Petit introduced his twin-cam engine for which subsequent Salmsons are better known.
But we’ve included the picture here because it shows that a tiny vintage car of limited power can still give pleasure to its users – provided that the sandwiches in the rucksack are up to scratch!
Photo courtesy of Peter McFadyen. See his website: http://petermcfadyen.co.uk