Vette(s): 2005 Daytona Sunset Orange Coupe
----------- Sold 1974 T-top, 4 spd to BillKS
Duncan Pittaway made history 11/29/2014 by firing up one of the
largest-engined 4 cylinder cars ever built.Two of the cars were constructed by Fiat for a Land Speed Record attempt
in 1911, and 11/29/14 was the first time anyone had heard or seen this Italian monster
running in over 100 years!It took 12
years for Pittaway to get this antique going again.
Each one of its four
cylinders displaces 427 cubic inches—the size of the V8 Ford Cobra “big block”
or the V8 Chevy ZL-1 from 1966.Today,
Roush Chevrolet offers a 427ci “crate engine” to bolt into a modern hot rod that
makes 560 hp at 6000 rpm.That’s 427
cubes from a streetable, high-buck “small block” Chevy V8, ancestor of which
displaced 265 cubes when it was introduced in 1955.The 1708 cubic inch Fiat, by contrast, made
290 hp at just 1100 rpm in 1911.The unremarkable
Roush crate engine today makes 1.3 horses per cubic inch; the Fiat made .17
horse per cubic inch.
The huge Fiat engine has
no starter motor.One cylinder has to be
hand-aspirated with fuel mixture and then detonated with the piston on its
downward stroke by a small battery-operated trembler coil which produces a
shower of high voltage sparks.If the
engine doesn’t start, you repeat the process.This may explain why nobody started it for 100 years.
Give a look—and a listen.Among other things, note that the car has no
exhaust pipes.Hot exhaust gas just
shoots out the side of the engine block.
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