Old Porsche engine for 220 thousand dollars does not find a buyerAugust 23, 2019
This elegant motor was intended, among other things, for racing and was put on sports cars of the fifties, and its development was carried out by engineer Ernst Furmann.
On the Bring a Trailer site, an ad for the sale of an “boxer” Porsche Type 547/1 Fuhrmann Four-Cam was posted. Such engines could be found on brand racing cars in the middle of the last century, as well as under the hood of the 356 Carrera 1500 RS Speedster. This very interesting “lot” has not yet found its buyer. Experts attribute this to the high price that was requested for a rare motor – $ 220,000
It is known that the development of this engine was Ernst Furmann. It took the engineer only six months to assemble the power unit and provide the Type 547/1 Fuhrmann Four-Cam for testing.
This engine could boast a working volume of one and a half liters, as well as two carburetors. In addition, it differed from the engines of its era by a gas distribution mechanism: it had two camshafts in each cylinder head, while other engines were assembled according to a scheme with a lower camshaft arrangement. On the track, this Porsche engine was first tested in April 1953. And later that year, a Porsche sports car equipped with such an engine won in its class at Mill Milla and at Le Mans. This engine also had its own “flaw” – a very complicated design, due to which any breakdown entailed dozens of hours of painstaking restoration work.
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