1940 Ford V8-60 Engine Only
Lot 352
1939 Ford 922A Midget Racing V-8 Engine
US$ 5,000 - 8,000
£3,000 - 4,700
Lot Details
1939 Ford 922A Midget Racing V-8 Engine
A miniature version of the famous Ford Flathead V-8 introduced in 1932, the 2.2-liter, 136 cubic inch V-8 went into European production in 1935 and remained in limited production in Brazil until 1969! It was available in North American Fords only from 1937 through 1940, rated at 60hp in stock form. Since there was little savings over a more powerful 239 cubic inch V-8 95, very few Ford V-8 60s were sold in America. They're surprisingly rare today.

Ironically, the 136 cubic inch V-8 became instantly popular with racers in 1937, because it was much less expensive than the Offenhauser Midget 121 cubic inch I-4, but could be hot-rodded to a competitive 125-130hp. Many race promoters also sanctioned two separate race groups, one for Offy-powered Midgets and another for Ford V-8s. In the early-Fifties, John Fitch installed a Midget V-8 engine in an MG-TD for road racing, while many other enthusiasts fitted hot-rodded V-8 60s in a variety of cars.

This particular Midget V-8 is unused since a total rebuild. It carries twin Stromberg 97 carburetors and rare Eddie Meyer intake manifold, cylinder heads and front cover. Cosmetically detailed, it will make an attractive display or lusty powerplant for any nostalgic racing car, especially of course, an iconic Midget.

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