Ford "Calliope" V-8 Automobile Engine, 1968

Summary

Ford engineers developed the aluminum-block 427-cubic inch "calliope" engine for the 1968 Le Mans 24-hour race. Three valves per cylinder were connected to pushrods driven by twin camshafts in the block. The distinctive fuel injector stacks above each cylinder, resembling whistles on a musical calliope, gave the engine its nickname. Rule changes at Le Mans prevented the engine from ever racing.

Ford engineers developed the aluminum-block 427-cubic inch "calliope" engine for the 1968 Le Mans 24-hour race. Three valves per cylinder were connected to pushrods driven by twin camshafts in the block. The distinctive fuel injector stacks above each cylinder, resembling whistles on a musical calliope, gave the engine its nickname. Rule changes at Le Mans prevented the engine from ever racing.

Artifact

Automobile engine

Date Made

1968

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2006.68.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Metal

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