You might not have much choice these days, but in the muscle car heyday there was an extremely wide breadth of V-8 engine options. From sub-300-cubic-inch small-blocks to 500+ big-blocks, many of the infamous muscle cars had the option a big-block or small-block. We want to know which you would choose for your ride.
Each engine comes with its own character, and small-blocks have the reputation for being high-RPM screamers with a good horsepower-to-size ratio. Big-blocks take the displacement advantage and put it to work by making the torque curve less of a curve and more of a plateau, with the RPM ceiling staying lower than a similarly prepped small-block.
A 327 small-block in a 1963 Corvette. Plenty of power- or is it?
The big-block optioned cars have traditionally held higher values to match their higher horsepower ratings. But the keen buyer might opt for the small-block in an effort to lose weight off the nose of a car, or get 95 percent of the experience for 50 percent the money.
There is a trade-off to each, so which engine would you choose for your ride? Big-block torque or small-block packaging?