: Best looking engines ever?



I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-06-13, 04:00 PM
Some automakers have made engines that are works of art.

Here are a few off the top of my head.

Ford's Yamaha-designed 3.0/3.2L V6 in the 89-95 Taurus SHO. 12 intake runners, two for each cylinder. One for low rpm torque, the other for high rpm airflow!
http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2008/09/12/10/49/1993_ford_taurus_4_dr_sho_sedan-pic-9680.jpeg

1990-95 Corvette ZR-1 LT5.
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2668/4015539225_fed57fd952_z.jpg

426 hemi. The orange paint and that huge polished air cleaner..... beautiful.
http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/426-hemi-chad-thompson.jpg

1992-99 Mercedes Benz 6.0 V-12.
http://www.benzworld.org/forums/attachments/w140-s-class/384153d1309451234t-95-s600-v12-motor-reliability-mercedes-600sel-patrick-hamilton-2nd-visit

The original Q45 infiniti had a unique intake manifold that made it look as though the engine was mounted transversely, not longitudinal.
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/vehicle-pictures/1996/infiniti/q45/94804021000206-480.jpg

Honda's S2000 looks F1 derived.
http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/090525-02-Honda_S2000_DOHCVTEC_engine.jpg

Aztec ETC ECS
05-06-13, 05:03 PM
The nicer the work of art, the more F'ed up they are to work on!

thebigjimsho
05-06-13, 05:19 PM
Any M-Powered inline engine...

orconn
05-06-13, 05:24 PM
Jaguar E-type series I 3.8 litre engine with three SU carbs.

Submariner409
05-06-13, 05:56 PM
The Rolls Royce Griffon V-12 aircraft engine in the Unlimited hydroplane Miss Budweiser. 2,200 rompin' stompin' horsepower driving a 3-blade 18" propeller through a 3.5:1 step-up box. Fast boat.

Submariner409
05-06-13, 06:04 PM
On the trailer ..............

Also, Google Hawaii Ka'i, Miss Pepsi, Tempo, followed by "unlimited hydroplane" .............

Aztec ETC ECS
05-06-13, 06:57 PM
Ford's Yamaha-designed 3.0/3.2L V6 in the 89-95 Taurus SHO. 12 intake runners, two for each cylinder. One for low rpm torque, the other for high rpm airflow!
http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2008/09/12/10/49/1993_ford_taurus_4_dr_sho_sedan-pic-9680.jpeg
I've always been an admirer of the look of the SHO engine. Too bad it lives in a Taurus.

HAZZARDJOHN
05-06-13, 09:55 PM
I no it's not Modern, but I always fancied a dual quad 409.

http://i701.photobucket.com/albums/ww20/RCE1962/196222.jpg

EChas3
05-06-13, 10:42 PM
I'd like to encourage members to dig a bit deeper into automotive history.

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Ranger
05-06-13, 10:55 PM
I no it's not Modern, but I always fancied a dual quad 409.

http://i701.photobucket.com/albums/ww20/RCE1962/196222.jpg
A vision of beauty AND simplicity.

dkozloski
05-07-13, 01:56 AM
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=107666&stc=1&d=1367902212Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Twin Wasp Major 3500 H.P.

Jesda
05-07-13, 02:19 AM
http://www.idealengines.co.uk/images/cars/Lexus/engbay/1UZ_LS_400_ENG.jpg

Aron9000
05-07-13, 03:16 AM
I've seen EXACTLY one of these in real life . . . .

http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/attachments/propulsion/71825d1340883949-line-6-cylinder-engines-straight-six-e38.jpg

Also the Jag inline six is a thing of beauty:

http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Jaguar/65_Jaguar_E-Type_Rdstr_DV_06-PBI-0Engine-02.jpg

Flat 12 cylinder Ferrari:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5141/5827144462_bf2c1fc17f.jpg

Top fuel hemi, such a menacing looking piece of hardware:

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Aron9000
05-07-13, 03:22 AM
As for stuff us mere mortals with $20,000 can afford, the 03-04 Mustang Cobra engine looks pretty darn mean with that huge blower sitting in the valley:

Stock
http://image.hotrod.com/f/22392323+w750+st0/hrdp_0401_12_z+2004_ford_mustang_cobra+engine.jpg

Not stock lol:

http://image.musclemustangfastfords.com/f/29049629/mmfp_1011_04_o+2004_ford_mustang_cobra+engine_bay. jpg

bigm57ict
05-07-13, 09:45 AM
I'd like to encourage members to dig a bit deeper into automotive history.

How about a Duesey?

http://i1284.photobucket.com/albums/a579/bigm57ict/Duesenberg-engine_zpsd87546f6.jpg (http://s1284.photobucket.com/user/bigm57ict/media/Duesenberg-engine_zpsd87546f6.jpg.html)

Aztec ETC ECS
05-07-13, 09:57 AM
Let's not forget the originator of underhood artwork:
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Aztec ETC ECS
05-07-13, 09:58 AM
How about a Duesey?

Dude, really? Same thought at the same time? I hate when that happens.
Well you got the exhaust side, I got the intake side.

M5eater
05-07-13, 10:32 AM
Since long intake runners seem to be the theme,

the TPI has found place in my heart recently. The fact that I have a C4 has nothing to do with it. Nope.

http://precisionraceengines.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/3/8/383_tpi_crop_3.jpg

talismandave
05-07-13, 11:42 AM
Dude, really? Same thought at the same time? I hate when that happens.
Well you got the exhaust side, I got the intake side.

....and we have a tie for the win!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-07-13, 12:08 PM
Those old 413's with the dual ram intakes were gorgeous. One of the first postwar engines to have the long runners, right?

http://maxwedge.com/orangemonster/60d500.jpg

greencadillacmatt
05-07-13, 09:23 PM
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/OldsW43_zpsd57ed2e7.jpg

1967 Oldsmobile W43 Dual-Overhead Cam Hemi 455 Prototype. It made 700 HP and looked gooooood doing it. :cool2: :cool2: :cool2:

orconn
05-07-13, 11:12 PM
Thanks, Aaron, for putting up the picture of the Jag E-type engine bay. I haven't got my ability to post pictures back yet. The Jag XK DOHC 6 was for several decades one of the more beautiful engines in a mass produced car. Even when they were neglected by their owners they still cleaned up really well!

EChas3
05-07-13, 11:24 PM
My vote is for the Duesy. Beautiful, classic simply supercharged power.

C&C
05-08-13, 07:01 AM
Bringing it back home:

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Aztec ETC ECS
05-08-13, 09:42 AM
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/OldsW43_zpsd57ed2e7.jpg

1967 Oldsmobile W43 Dual-Overhead Cam Hemi 455 Prototype. It made 700 HP and looked gooooood doing it. :cool2: :cool2: :cool2:
My personal favorite. The one pictured above is the 32V pushrod version, but there was a DOHC that I believe led to the Northstar design. Shame it never went into production.

http://www.streetlegaltv.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/10/files/2011/06/OW43SIA-2.jpg

CadillacLuke24
05-08-13, 01:18 PM
Bringing it back home:

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Now THAT is an engine!

EChas3
05-08-13, 10:18 PM
Can I change my vote?

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02603sec
05-08-13, 10:54 PM
I no it's not Modern, but I always fancied a dual quad 409.



Yeah those old 348's 409's are my favorites.

The-Dullahan
05-10-13, 12:01 AM
Always been a fan of the Cadillac 500-472-425-368 engines. I particularly like the layout of them. Everything is easily accessible and seems to follow the concept of FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION. Being a practical guy, I think things look best when they look functional. All that chrome and whatnot doesn't normally appeal to me when compared to a nice layout.

http://www.gatewayclassiccars.com/images/carpics/CHI/68/68oo.jpg


I always particularly liked that even on the FWD Eldorado, the engine still always faces forwards, rather than the sideways layout seen in most FWD vehicles.

Of course, if you want to take a different route, there are thousands of possibilities for the bigblock Cadillac motors.

http://www.500cid.com/Logos/Logo%20W%20Nic%2012%20-%208%20-%202008%20%20smaller.JPG

Of course, everyone is going to say I am being partial, considering my first engine nomination and the second one coming up, but...

I have always liked these. Since as young as I can remember, I thought they looked so cool. Maybe my inner Rat-Rodder (which is in fact 90% of me) likes them for their style and uniqueness.

http://www.musclecarsworld.com/gallery/1967-pontiac-gto-tri-power/1967-pontiac-gto-tri-power-060.jpg

I mean, just look at it. It's gorgeous!

http://www.carburetion.com/images/tripower/ponttri.jpg

Okay, okay, now for an engine I have never bought. One of my all-time favourite layouts is that of a classic straight six. Even though I have never OWNED a six-cylinder vehicle, I really like the style on these old straight engines. Don't get me wrong, I like straight-8's too. A few weeks back I made a trip to a junkyard I had never been to. I found a Catalina there. No interior, no glass, the suspension was shot, but the body was all there and only had surface rust. I immediately notified all the local Pontiac guys (One has since gone and taken quite a lot of what was left of it). What I REALLY liked was to just look at the engine. It was all there and if I had someplace to put it at the time, I'd have taken it home. I could see myself having these sitting around my house on display, not bolted into a car. Just so I could look at them.

They look nice anywhere.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh271/dmw56/51%20truck/003-21.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/99/Corvette_1953_engine.JPG/800px-Corvette_1953_engine.JPG

ryannel2003
05-10-13, 12:58 AM
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/0705_832.jpg (http://s109.photobucket.com/user/ryannel2003/media/0705_832.jpg.html)

BMW's M52/M54 engine is clean looking, tough as nails and very DIY friendly.

gdwriter
05-10-13, 01:11 AM
I'll take the GE GenX engines featured on the Boeing 747-8 and 787. The chevrons on the nacelle actually help reduce noise:

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5188/5592352582_06cab7bd68_z.jpg

http://media.al.com/huntsville-times/photo/2012/06/11128253-standard.jpg

thebigjimsho
05-10-13, 01:43 AM
Well, when they're flying, anyway...

That JL plane is still sitting on the tarmac at Logan. At least they pulled the wraps off the JL logos so they're not ashamed of it anymore...

truckinman
05-10-13, 07:51 AM
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a22/drummerwookie/AD3FAD72-C10E-4ED7-B042-7AE678B3AE26-8674-00000A81CDE0B5CC.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a22/drummerwookie/CD370983-7453-42FD-85AA-602273D96803-8674-00000A81D028701D.jpg

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http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a22/drummerwookie/32C1DF91-D57F-4F34-8879-AD7B9AD02AFD-8674-00000A8E2053EDA1.jpg

bigm57ict
05-10-13, 10:22 AM
Well, when they're flying, anyway...

That JL plane is still sitting on the tarmac at Logan. At least they pulled the wraps off the JL logos so they're not ashamed of it anymore...

What is JL?

thebigjimsho
05-10-13, 02:16 PM
It's the airline code for Japan Airlines.

CTSCHICK
05-10-13, 02:49 PM
I liked my b.f's one engine he had a few years ago

http://i39.tinypic.com/2zyil48.jpg

ben.gators
05-12-13, 06:59 AM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/xgrafcorex/sebring/2007/IMG_0048s.jpg

Cadillac Kid03
05-12-13, 08:02 AM
I had too! :D

http://i41.tinypic.com/e87q4o.jpg

Submariner409
05-12-13, 10:41 AM
1963 Ferrari 3.0 Litre V-12. This engine is stock - looked exactly that way when you first opened the hood. No air cleaner - hood scoop - inside area smeared with grease. 2 oil filters - the one upside down Fram is the bypass filter - the full flow is down lower. Anyone remember setting 4 pairs of points in those two dual-point distributors ? - or getting those 6 dual-choke Webers to idle correctly ? The redline on these engines was 8,500 rpm ........ you gotta wind a 3 liter up to get any power - these things loved to run at 4,000+ and the sound was pure music.

The-Dullahan
05-12-13, 01:13 PM
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/IMAG0323.jpg?t=1339904124

vincentm
05-12-13, 03:14 PM
Too many to say, there's alot that i love and admire, but i do love my Northstar too

http://i40.tinypic.com/1y0pee.jpg

thebigjimsho
05-12-13, 03:36 PM
I had too! :D



You had what?

Cadillac Kid03
05-12-13, 09:15 PM
You had what?No Comment.

orconn
05-12-13, 09:51 PM
1963 Ferrari 3.0 Litre V-12. This engine is stock - looked exactly that way when you first opened the hood. No air cleaner - hood scoop - inside area smeared with grease. 2 oil filters - the one upside down Fram is the bypass filter - the full flow is down lower. Anyone remember setting 4 pairs of points those two dual-point distributors ? - or getting those 6 dual-choke Webers to idle correctly ? The redline on these engines was 8,500 rpm ........ you gotta wind a 3 liter up to get any power - these things loved to run at 4,000+ and the sound was pure music.

One has to marvel at the symmetry, which is a hallmark of Italian design, so evident in this Ferrari V-12 design. If you could look down from directly over head you would see that the engine could be cut in half and most of the major components of the engine would be present on either side of the engine.

This would be even more the case if you were looking down from above on a Lamborghini longitudinally mounted engine with side draft Webers. On my Lamborghini 350 GT you could cut the car down the middle lengthwise and you would find almost all the components duplicated on either half of the car. Only the steering wheel and pedals on the driver's side broke the design symmetry. Not only did this contribute to the overall dynamic balance of the car, it also made for an design aesthetic rarely seen in an automobile.

As a side note on the tune of Weber carburetors. My Lamborghini's carburetors cam from the factory perfectly set. Never during the ten years I owned the car did we have to tune or reset the carburetors. In fact that early Lambo engine (and car) was so reliable that we dubbed it the "Chevy" around my mechanic's shop. The only real problem I ever had with the car was a faulty fuse box which, after being replaced, never gave additional problems replaced. My Lamborghini was truly the finest car I have ever owned having the highest quality materials, care of assembly and consistently reliable performance. The fact that my car was the original Geneva show car that launched Lamborghini into the commercial car world may have had something to do with it. But other examples of this first Lamborghini (production run of 125 cars) also display the same high quality and attention to detail. (This was not the case for Ferrari road cars of the proceeding years.)

Aron9000
05-13-13, 03:33 AM
One has to marvel at the symmetry, which is a hallmark of Italian design, so evident in this Ferrari V-12 design. If you could look down from directly over head you would see that the engine could be cut in half and most of the major components of the engine would be present on either side of the engine.

This would be even more the case if you were looking down from above on a Lamborghini longitudinally mounted engine with side draft Webers. On my Lamborghini 350 GT you could cut the car down the middle lengthwise and you would find almost all the components duplicated on either half of the car. Only the steering wheel and pedals on the driver's side broke the design symmetry. Not only did this contribute to the overall dynamic balance of the car, it also made for an design aesthetic rarely seen in an automobile.

As a side note on the tune of Weber carburetors. My Lamborghini's carburetors cam from the factory perfectly set. Never during the ten years I owned the car did we have to tune or reset the carburetors. In fact that early Lambo engine (and car) was so reliable that we dubbed it the "Chevy" around my mechanic's shop. The only real problem I ever had with the car was a faulty fuse box which, after being replaced, never gave additional problems replaced. My Lamborghini was truly the finest car I have ever owned having the highest quality materials, care of assembly and consistently reliable performance. The fact that my car was the original Geneva show car that launched Lamborghini into the commercial car world may have had something to do with it. But other examples of this first Lamborghini (production run of 125 cars) also display the same high quality and attention to detail. (This was not the case for Ferrari road cars of the proceeding years.)

Orr, I bet one big reason your Lambo ran so great was that you actually drove it, and drove it HARD. Nothing makes those old Italian v12 cars more fussy than long periods of storage and putting around town. You gotta run them hot and hard to keep carbon deposits and gunk from building up in the carbs, around the valves, on the pistons, etc.

orconn
05-13-13, 04:24 PM
I think that the fact that it had side draft Webers instead of the down draft Webers used in other applications made a real difference. Also my car was a pre 1968. All cars imported to the U.S. (legally) during or after 1968 had to have anti smog devices to conform with federal and state law. Since my Lambo would be living in California with the strictest smog laws, I wanted to get a car built prior to 1968 to be sure I had no trouble with customs and registering it in CA. That is the reason I didn't buy a new one when I bought mine in 1968. I later found out, talking with Jack Robbins (the West Coast Lamborghini tech rep) that the detoxed cars imported after the new law had some problems with vibrations at around the 2000 rpm point. It was thought that this vibration was caused by the smog control equipment. My car was free of this equipment and never suffered from this problem. Many of the low volume "exotics" suffered from similar problems in the period following the new laws in 1968.

As I have mentioned before, I used to work on Lambos, under the supervision of Frank Monise, when I was home on vacation from overseas, I do remember that the Miuras with their down draft Webers were more trouble some than the Lamborghini true GT cars (like the 400 GT, Espada, Jarama, etc.) which all used the side draft Webers. The Ferrari road cars of the fifties and sixties also used down draft Webers and were by reputation quite finicky.

For the first 3 years of its' life with me my Lambo spent 11 months of the year in storage, as I was only home, to California for one month out of the year. It was only my daily driver for one year and then became "weekend" car. But you are right when it was driven it was driven in "spirited" fashion. An "Italian Tune Up" is always a good way to keep a high performance engine in good running order. Our Northstars included!