On the 427 powered Testa Rossa (666)
Of course now it has a proper V-12, maybe even the same engine it was built with.
But back when it was bought after a garage fire, it had a 427 engine installed, probably an FE side oiler. I heard it was a good installation but am dubious of the effect on handling that an engine that weighs 200 lbs. more would have. Anyhow my only question is--
--did anyone ever read of Shelby American doing this installation (they moved from LAX in '68 so it would have to be before that)
I thought I knew about Shelby's many side deals (Lone Star, flying saucer, etc. etc.) but there's always a new wrinkle...
-was the owner who had that installed the same owner who threw the match into the interior and lit the car on fire?
The late Pete Civati was the fellow who brokered the car though he did not own it. He had a nice clean TR for sale at the same time but the buyers only had "Fiat" money so they bought the cheaper one which turned out to be more valuable because it was the first Testa Rossa