You are bidding on a SUPERB example of a WW2 German Heer / Luftwaffe Air Compressor Mount, as used in 6-Cylinder Engines fitted with air brakes! Due to the size it is most likely for the HL54 or HL 62!
Many of the Maybach Engines features a “Riemenantrieb für Luftpresser” (belt drive for air compressor), driven by a pulley at the other end from the flywheel. This type of set-up was used in various types of vehicles, including:
Panzer III and Stug III (some variants) – Maybach Variorex SRG 328 145 pre-selector gearbox
Sd.Kfz. 10 and 250 – Variorex VG 102 128H pre-selector g/box
Sd.Kfz. 11 and 251 – air brakes on towed equipment (e.g. Pak 40 anti-tank gun)
Sd.Kfz. 6–9 – pneumatic foot/parking brake + towed equipment (e.g. 15 cm sIG 33 towed by the Sd.Kfz 7)
On early Panzer III and Stug IIIs, and on the Sd.Kfz. 10 with its derivative the Sd.Kfz. 250, the compressor provided the (reverse) pressure for a pneumatically-operated pre-selector gearbox. To shift gears, the pre-selector lever is set in the desired position or slot, and then the clutch pedal is depressed and released. The air inlet of the compressor is connected to the system, not the outlet: the compressor works “in reverse” to create a vacuum. Inside the Variorex gearbox there are vacuum-actuated pistons: these move dog clutches, which select the desired gearing. On inline-6 engines, the compressor is mounted in various locations – either on the left or right at the front of the engine, or on top of the cam cover nearest the driver.
Made of cast magnesium, this is a SUPERB example!i It features NO cracks, breaks, damage, or corrosion…and still VERY SOLID! VERY RARE in this condition, as magnesium usually corrodes over time, due to humidity. Some traces of the original paint can be seen. Some light marks and wear, but nothing that detracts. Almost identical to the mount used in the HL42 (Sd.Kfz. 251), but larger and more pronounced in size. Not sure of the exact engine it was fitted to, but probably an HL54 or HL62. Would make a PERFECT addition to any collection, display, or restoration project!
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