This has been rumored, but a new book by hockey writer Al Strachan tells us that Pete Rose bought the engine from Pelle Lindbergh's wrecked Porsche. [Vancouver Province]
We learn many things from Strachan. How many of you knew, for instance, that Pete Rose purchased the Porsche in which Philadelphia Flyers goalie Pelle Lindbergh was killed, and his girlfriend and another person were badly injured? And the reason for the crash was that the woman turned off the ignition at high speed — locking up the vehicle's steering — because she thought Lindbergh was driving too fast, which he was despite being a gifted driver.
The Vancouver Province says he bought the entire car, but another report, which somewhat questions Strachan's integrity, says it was just the engine (we don't have the book in our possession). What a scumbag.
To some, this may not come as news. Search "Rose" in this Philly.com article, and you'll find some references to the same story.
It appears as though Rose had a Porsche of his own and wanted the parts on the cheap. Wow.