While restoring a 1948 6C 2500 SS, VIN 915727 (a Pinin Farina Convertibile), we found a technical oddity on its front axle, and I wonder if anyone of you has ever seen such a device or can make any comment as to its purpose. On either side of the front axle´s lonitudinal arms there was a bomb-shaped (or should I say Minion-shaped) weight attached. They were obviously filled with oil and weighed about 2kg each. It was not possible to open them up and have a look inside, as they were crimped and welded together with no other opening but the oil filler on top. Dimensions were about 22 cm high and 9cm across. It was obviously some kind of damper, but who would add weight to the unsprung part of the suspension and why? Probably as an attempt to prevent the suspension from building up unwanted vibrations, but this is just a guess. The car had been standing in a private museum for over 30 years and the parts look pretty original, so I do not think they have been added later. The parts book gives no hint, and on over 20 other 6Cs I have never seen anything similar. Can anybody tell what this might be? We have not re-fitted them to the car as I could not make any sense of these parts. Please accept my apologies for the unprofessional pictures. They were taken with an old Ipad some time ago.
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