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    Posted: 18-Dec-2006 at 20:12
A few years ago Corvette fans, aided by auto writers with either recent birth certificates or memory impairment, were evacuating their prostates over the "innovative" repositioning of the Corvette transmission to the rear of the car. Touted as a marvel of modern technology, the provenance was either missed, forgotten, or ignored. In fact, Ferrari used this geometry in the early 1950's. Enzo was single-mindedly focused on racing; his road cars were only an economic afterthought.

Re-thinking the press over the W8, I recalled a similar misty loss: the 1931 Roesch-Talbot 105. Georges Roesch was a Swiss engineer, schooled in the French auto industry and was the Chief Engineer (1916) of the British-French consortium building the Talbot automobile. Under his guidance, a series of Roesch-Talbots emerged, culminating in the inline 6 cylinder series 110 engine producing 160HP (European) from 3,377cc's. In 1935 a series 110 lapped the banks at Brooklands at 140mph. The 2,969 cc series 105, however, was the precedent for the successful development of an inline engine in which the cylinders were staggered (just as in our W8s), thus providing a more compact and more balance oriented power unit. An overhead valve unit, its bore & stroke were 75mm X 112mm, yielding a true (Euro) 100hp. Mounted in a smart looking cabriolet, it exceeded 85mph in "family form" and was immensely amenable to week-ends at the track.

So, this suggests once again that some history is more easily made when "other" history is "lost". Marco   
Marco M. Pardi 2003 W8 SilverStone Grey Variant w/Sports Package, straight-thru exhaust & various extras.
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