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The Salmson S4 is a mid-size executive-level car introduced as the Salmson S4 C in Autumn 1932. It was the manufacturer's principal and often sole model for the next twenty years.
The car's 1465 cc four-cylinder engine initially placed it would have been the same as the Peugeot 301 and the renault Monaquatre, but the Salmson's levels of technical sophistication and equipment, as well as its price, indicated that it was intended for a more aspirational clientele than these comparably sized cars. Within a few years the S4's four-cylinder engine had in any event increased in size to a point where the car sat in the 10 CV car tax band (instead of 8), which moved the S4 up half a class as well as providing customers with a more convincing level of performance.
The engines grew and the range widened. A 2.3-litre variant, the S4 E joined the less powerful car (by now itself having evolved into the S4 DA in October 1937. The war disrupted production, which probably stopped completely after a major bomb attack conducted by the British on 3 March 1942. Post war production resumed (or continued), albeit at feeble levels, of the four-cylinder (10CV) Salmson S4-61 till April 1952, by which date production of the 13CV Salmson S4 E had already come to an end.