What can be said about Chevrolet‘s small-block that hasn’t been said already? With gazillions built in low- and high-performance versions, it has powered America since 1955. Aside of it being a fine basic design, the small-block changed Chevrolet’s image forever − the Horsepower Race was on!
John McElroy and Autoline After Hours thought there still was something to say about the history of America’s most hallowed motor. At one point in history, the number of cylinders hinted at the price class of a vehicle, which is why the Ford “Flathead” was such a revelation when it debuted in 1932. Chevrolet made do with the “Blue Flame Six” from the start of the Great Depression until 1955, when the small-block 265 made its debut. From that point on, V8s were more of a populist phenomenon, giving cheaper, lighter vehicles the opportunity to compete against the traditional horsepower stalwarts like Cadillac and Oldsmobile.
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