While I agree with timothypickering regarding the modern 392, like the original this is an A series Chrysler and would in “Chevy” terms be called a small block.
Lots of great big blocks, but the Chey’s 427 ZL-1 has got to be my favorite
My original 1957 Chrysler New Yorker with the 392 Hemi. 4 barrel 325 HP 4700 lb car will still lay rubber all the way down the street!
Id have to say the L88… Altho my LS6 is pretty friggin incredible!!
Any FE Ford. Also I can’t overlook the 429-460 ‘385 series’ BBF. Whats not to like, easy stock block stroker combos up to 557" all without any serious modification. Cheap & easy horsepower, Chevy doesn’t have that market cornered anymore.
Dodge 426 MaxWedge:
Had a 1963 Polara 2 door HT my junior year of HS. Stage I (415HP), 3 speed on the floor, red over white. one of forty-eight produced. Gut wrenching torque. 12:28ET best. Young and dumb. Wish I still had it.
I had a 428SCJ in my 1968 KR convertible, but the 455 built to Stage 1 specs in my 1971 Buick GS was a torque-filled beast.
Although I really liked the original Chrysler Hemis from the '50s, I must say that my flavorist (is that a word) is the 348/409 w/ two 4bbl carbs. Just had a very nice sound whether in a car, truck or station wagon.
Any Ford FE really, but specifically, the Ford FE 427 SOHC. The competition was so scared of it, they got Nascar to ban it!
BY FAR THE 427 SOHC - BACK IN THE DAY YOU COULD BUY ONE FOR $3,395
since today is 4/29, what better engine than the BOSS 429
Chevy 1990-1995 LT5. Not surprising to not see one mentioned earlier. Not many were made and people think they are complicated but they aren’t really. With a few tweaks 500HP and will run up to 8500 rpm all day long.
Olds 394. My first BB in my first classic 20 years ago! And still seeing the open road in Olds performance!
first new car was a 68 chevelle SS only had 5 options on it, 3 were the drive train!
375 HP M22 4:10 locals called them boat motors but all they saw was my back
bumper. shifted that bad boy at 6200 rpm. it was quick. of course I wish I still had it
and the 69 Camaro that also had the 375 RAT good times
Well for me it’s a tie. I have to go with the Boss 429, Ford 427 SOHC and the Mopar 426 Hemi. I happen to have an original 68 Hemi GTX which I feel privileged to own. I would love to have a Boss 429 but way out of my price range, and a Cammer would be great to own too. All of the heavy breathers mentioned here are worthy of praise, these three just happen to sit on top of my list.
I did not know that Olds made a Hemi. I knew they had a 455 but not that it was a Hemi. I will need to look up some more info. Sounds like a great motor if you do not want the same old same old.
My 440" Dodge WARLOCK did it for me.
I’m a Mopar guy so the 426 Hemi is king. I had a 71 Roadrunner 440 6 barrel with a 4 speed and that car was out of control. Right now I’m trying to get my 69 Dart with a 440 on the road for this summer.