If nothing else, the fact that this Soviet Cold War era liquid rocket engine, originally designed to power a cruise missile, showed up on eBay illustrates the fact that not even the craziest among us has any idea of the cool junk that lives in the garages, basements, and attics of America. Seriously, now in the bloody hell does anyone even come to own this thing? You didn’t stumble upon this rig at a swap meet or yard sale. You didn’t find it in the trunk of an old Buick you bought. Great Uncle Sal’s will didn’t say, “I hereby give my Soviet liquid propellant rocket engine to my nephew Bill because he was good at science in grade school.” On the plus side, the guy selling the thing is a hot rodder because he mentions what the rocket would be capable of when strapped to a car or more properly in a car.
Here’s some text from the ad:
This is a true liquid-popellant rocket engine with turbopump and regenerative cooling producing up to 7700 lbf of thrust and weighing only 105 lbs.
This rocket engine was designed by Soviet engineers during Cold War with the purpose of pushing the famous S-75 / SA-2 Guideline surface to air missile.
This is the latest version of the rocket engine for this missile : Isayev S2.720
Maximum thrust : 34.3 kN / 3500 kgf / 7700 lbf
(Thrust level was adjustable between 2,075 kgf and 3,500 kgf (4,580 lbf and 7,700 lbf))
In all honesty, that may as well be a Chinese/Sanskrit. Scroll down to see photos and the link to this ad!
eBay Link: A freaking Soviet liquid propellant rocket!