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American V8 Talk: Sizing Up The Big Blocks

By on September 29, 2015
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The era of the muscle cars revolved around the concept of putting huge American V8 engines to lighter bodies. This supposedly maximized the performance of the iron war horses of the mid 1960s to the early 1970s. It was all about using the biggest displacements for massive outputs. As the saying goes, there is no replacement for displacement. They meant serious business, and transmits enough horsepower and torque to lay that much rubber on the strip. Here are some of the big block engines that defined that glorious period in automotive history.

440 Six Pack

Source: http://www.wallpaperup.com/116832/1969_Dodge_Coronet_Super_Bee_440_Six_Pack_Hardtop_Coupe_WM23_muscle_classic_engine_engines.html

Source: http://www.wallpaperup.com/116832/1969_Dodge_Coronet_Super_Bee_440_Six_Pack_Hardtop_Coupe_WM23_muscle_classic_engine_engines.html

Output: 390 horses; 490 ft lbs of torque

Cars powered by it: Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Coronet Super Bee

 

Buick 455 Stage 1

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82046831@N00/5948272358

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/82046831@N00/5948272358

Output: 360 horses; 510 ft lbs of torque

Car powered by it: Buick GSX

 

 

Chevy 454

Source: http://www.wallpaperup.com/108720/1970_Chevrolet_Chevelle_S-S_454_PRO_LS6_Convertible_classic_muscle_engine_engines_e.html

Source: http://www.wallpaperup.com/108720/1970_Chevrolet_Chevelle_S-S_454_PRO_LS6_Convertible_classic_muscle_engine_engines_e.html

Output: 450 horses; 475 ft lbs of torque

Car powered by it: Chevrolet Chevelle, Monte Carlo , El Camino, Corvette

 

429 Cobra Jet

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bossmustang/4802801742/in/photostream/

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bossmustang/4802801742/in/photostream/

Output: 375 horses; 450 ft lbs of torque

Car powered by it: Ford Gran Torino; Ford Mustang; Ford Falcon

 

429 BOSS 

Source: http://mustangsdaily.com/blog/2012/01/21/barrett-jackson-2012-grabber-green-1970-ford-mustang-boss-429-nets-220000/

Source: http://mustangsdaily.com/blog/2012/01/21/barrett-jackson-2012-grabber-green-1970-ford-mustang-boss-429-nets-220000/

Output: 375 horses; 450 ft lbs of torque

Car powered by it: Mustang BOSS 429

 

426 Hemi

Source: http://blog.dodge.com/under-the-hood/mighty-dodge-426-hemi/

Source: http://blog.dodge.com/under-the-hood/mighty-dodge-426-hemi/

Output: 425 horses; 490 ft lbs of torque

Cars powered by it: Dodge Charger, Plymouth Road Runner

 

Pontiac 400 Ram Air IV

Source: http://www.wallpaperup.com/115740/1969_Pontiac_Firebird_400_Ram_Air_I-V_Convertible_2367_muscle_classic_engine_engines.html

Source: http://www.wallpaperup.com/115740/1969_Pontiac_Firebird_400_Ram_Air_I-V_Convertible_2367_muscle_classic_engine_engines.html

Output: 370 horses; 445 ft lbs of torque

Car powered by it: Pontiac GTO Judge

 

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