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There's not much information about the engineering of the 356 in that article. Lots of mistakes, though. What's this about a 114 liter Porsche? Did we jump to a test of a train locomotive? And wasn't magnesium being used in VW engine cases in 1952? How is that heavier than Pre A 356 magnesium cases? To be fair, everyone knows Tom McCahill's automotive 'tests' were just for entertainment - much like the cheescake pictures of Mimi. (I have a copy of MI from February of 1959, my birth month and year. It cost a quarter, and there are 192 pulpy pages(!). Tom 'tests' the Studebaker Lark.)

(It's interesting that just 7 years after the end of WWII, Tom totally glosses over Ferry Porsche's many contributions to Hitlers war machine. Read "Professor Porsche's Wars" by Karl Ludvigsen for an interesting story of the way that Ferry made a living during WWI and WWII. I would imagine the bitter taste still lingered for a lot of ex-GI's.)

And, one last thing, if you click on the thumbnail of the MI cover in the upper left hand corner of the web page from the link, you're treated to 3 photos of a beautiful blue 1952 Cunningham C-4 with silver Halibrand wheels. "America's fastest sports car" I'd like to read that article! My Google-fu is weak, though.
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