<VV> South Bend surprise

Chris & Bill Strickland lechevrier at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 15 05:56:12 EDT 2010

>Porsche didn't even have a 6 six cylinder engine when the Corvair was being developed.

Let's think about this for a moment, Matt -- Where do you think that 911 
motor came from for the 1963 introduction -- did it just fall out of the 
sky that spring?  or did Porsche perhaps spend some time developing this 
new engine sometime before 1963?

Now, as to using the Porsche name to describe something, one must be 
particular -- there are Porsche production cars built by Porsche AG or 
some such thing, there is Dr Ferdinand Porsche, and then there is his 
son, Ferry Porsche.  And others, but these are the important ones, 
sometimes the same thing, but sometimes different.

Like the indomitable Porsche (Ferdinand) designed Auto Union V-12 pre WW 
II race cars, then there is the 1949 Cisitalia-Porsche Type 360 race car 
(horizontally opposed 12 cylinder - pobably built by Ferry) that never 
ran in Formula 1 for various rule change and monetary issues (but is now 
in the Porsche museum) -- I really do suspect that somewhere along the 
line there were six cylinder engines in the Porsche system before the 
911 debut, just not in the production cars.  How about that type 542 
Studebaker, two engines, one water cooled, one air cooled, both 120º 
V-6's, built by Porsche (Ferry & Co) about 1954?. (pic attached)

I well know the 356 (1948-1965) only had a four cylinder engine (2nd pic)

Bill Strickland

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