Sunday, 4 July 2010

38,673 cc

14 double star radial cylinders with reciprocating pistons, 146 x 165 stroke x bore, 1000 bhp at 2,200 rpm, and a grand total of 38, 673 cubic centimetres - that's the spec for this 1936 P.X1 RC40 motor made by Piaggio in 1936, and used on bombers and fighter bombers. Piaggio Aero made aeroplanes and other things from metal years before they came up with the Vespa, though their aeronautical heritage could be seen in the scooter's design.

This motor is on display at the Piaggio Museum in Pontedera, and the museum is definitely worth making the time to go and see.

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