How does an Alfa 6C-engine ended up inside a sleek mahogany boat? Hot rod culture thrived in post-war America. As G.I.s returned home they took their passion and mechanical know-how to turn 90 horsepower flathead V-8 engines into 150-mph salt flat race cars. (This was also the period where some Americans had the bright idea of installing a 1710 cubic-inch Allison V-12 aircraft engines into race boats, Miss Golden Gate III being the first example, turning hydroplanes into single-engine, 2000-hp sea-missiles.) But this need for speed wasn’t exclusive to just the States, or even to solid ground. Europeans and South Americans also wanted to go fast on the water.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/10/23/this-alfa-powered-race-boat-has-an-explosive-wwii-bloodline