1974 Porsche 911 2.7 Flat Six Engine Coffee Table
This coffee table was made using an original Porsche 911 2.7 liter flat-six engine from a 1974 car. The engine in question apparently suffered a catastrophic failure, which led to its removal from the vehicle to make way for a replacement engine.
The engine coffee table is of course not new, it is a popular conversion for old or unusable blocks – we have featured a few on Silodrome over the years.
This particular Flat Six coffee table was built by an engineering student as a class project, with the help and supervision of professional technicians. As a result, it’s a cut above the sometimes questionable examples of motorized coffee tables that appear for sale.
The 2.7-liter flat-six engine that powered the G-series Porsche 911 launched in 1974 quickly gained a reputation for pomegranating itself, often within 50,000 miles of use and sometimes within the first year of use. possession.
The reasons for this are many, but in short, its development was rushed and corners were cut. The engine was essentially a modified version of the old 2.4-litre engine, similar to the flat-six used in the Carrera RS, although it was detuned and modified for mass production.
The main problems were warped magnesium engine cases, stripped head studs, and failed valve guides. The 3.0-liter engine with its aluminum crankcase that followed in the Porsche 911 SC was a considerable improvement, but significant damage had been done to Porsche’s worldwide reputation.
Many Porschehiles will tell you that the best place for a 2.7-litre flat six is under 70 tonnes of household waste in a local landfill, although using a blown example as a coffee table is far more creative.
This coffee table is currently being offered for sale in a live online auction with Collecting Cars in the UK, it is currently in Cheshire, England and at the time of writing there are still a few left days to bid.
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