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"Eat the rich.  They taste better."- Ima Zombie.

 

That fails the "for that amount of money, can I build one myself out of readily available parts-

and some casting and machining work?" test.

So I don't want it.

 

Yeah, that proves that America is Not Great Again.  $170,000 buys a LOT of reduced- price school lunches.

 

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If I owned the matching speedster that goes with motor I'd pay what ever it goes for cause putting those 2 together would be worth every penny

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it's a 1500 cc 1955 motor...put that in an authentic 550 Spyder and the car goes for $5 million.  A 59 Carrera with an authentic  1600 cc 4 cam is $1.5M, the later Carrera 2 with a 2 liter will go for $500k.  Factory book labor for tuning the motor, setting the valves (bevel gear driven) is on the order of 40-50 man hours. There are 2 known competent mechanics for these motors in the US. The crank shaft is not machined in one piece, it is assembled in sections . A local part-time mechanic in the neighborhood had one of the original 550s with the motor apart in a box. traded it about 20 years ago for a couple of California cars. He hasn't slept well since that transaction.

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Sorry,folks.  The auction is over and although bid to $220k, it didn't meet reserve...

 

BTW, Isettas also used a similar built-up crankshaft with a roller rod bearing...

 

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I've sold my tii and bought this kit

 

 

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I can build one out of cardboard for about $20 in glue sticks and knife blades.  

 

Y'all regulars know what I'm talkin about 

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The rumor around this is that the matching Speedster is running around LA with a 912  4 cyl in it. The two owners know about each other, but neither party can or will buy the other party out to but the original car back together

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John Wilhoit out in California uses a hotter up VW engine in a lot of his clients cars 150hp or so. Puts the original on the shelf for preservation of value and originality and uses the VW for practicalities sake. Not to mention more horsepower then the original. They push 175 horsepower in some bored and stroked versions. Trouble with Holy Grails is you usually can’t drive them. 

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Incredible work of engineering. Considering the time and effort put into designing and assembling these motors, Porsche probably never made money in its 550 spyders and 356 Carreras.  But, the racing success and prestige associated with this 4 cam motor, boosted sales for Porsche in the long run.

 

Neither the cars nor the motors were fully appreciated in the US until relatively recently. They were dirt cheap during the 70s. And the Americana Hot Rod crowd had nothing but contempt for Porsche and this 4 cam motor; "What's that, only a 4 cylinder with 95 cubic inches?"

 

One of my neighbors had the 2 liter 356 Carrera. He would always complain to me that when he passed his kids would probably sell his car as they don't appreciate it since they are into old Camaros. When he passed, they sold it for $180k, less than half its value.

 

His car had a dry sump for oil lubrication.

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