We are pleased to offer an amazing selection of original and well documented parts that came from the Luigi Chinetti NART Team inventory. In 1977 the Chinetti and NART parts inventory was sold to Will Haible in San Leando, California. Will Haible also acquired a selection of panels and parts from Stephen Griswold’s Fabrication shop.
Today’s offering is a 1965 Ferrari 206 SP engine, a dry-sump, 65° V6 2.0-litre (121.2 cu in) tipo 227L engine with two valves per cylinder and twin overhead camshafts per bank, fed by a trio of 40DCN 17 carburetors. Thanks to an 11:1 compression ratio and a combustion chamber directly derived from Ferrari’s 156 V6 F1 engine, the 206 SP engine was good for 220 hp at 9000 rpm in combat.
Normally a V-6 engine bank angle is 60° (6 cylinders x 60° = 360°) but the Ferrari V-6 is unique as the extra 5° between cylinder banks gave Ferrari a straight shot into the intake ports. To make this work the crank pins were offset by 55 degrees within every pair of cylinders. This ensured an even firing order for the complete engine as well as an even distance between firing pulses per cylinder bank. Thus the engine was as smoothly running as a conventional 60 degree V6, but had greatly potential through its intake ports, giving much better top-end performance.
This engine was a spare – used engine from the NART team and was stored in the parts department in Luigi Chinetti’s shop on Eleventh Avenue in New York City. In Sept., 1977 Chinetti sold the complete Chinetti/NART inventory of parts to Will Haible, who, at that time, had a Ferrari shop in Berkeley. This engine and the complete inventory of parts from Will Haible were later sold to the current owner.
What we offer today is a complete but un-numbered tipo 227L 206 SP engine with its externals including the trio of 40DCN 17 carburetors, the front mounted horizontal distributor, the water pump and the crankshaft. The engine has the valves and valve springs but no cams, pistons, rods or flywheel. The engine number was ground off some time in the past. A great display piece if painted and detailed or an original, factory built spare or race engine for any 206 SP race car.