When it comes to V-8s, a few classic mills always pop to the front of the conversation–hemi, small-block Chevrolet, LS-series, Ford 302. Yet in the background are hundreds of engines that put in the work but, in the words of Mr. Dangerfield, “can’t get no respect.”
From smaller displacement models that may not pack the power of their larger siblings to early engines that feature elements far ahead of their time, the automotive industry is rife with underappreciated V-8 designs. The 440 Mopar will always live in the elephant-sized shadow of the Hemi, and the hard-working 283 Chevy seems to always get sidelined for its 350-cube brother.
We love all V-8s here, from the lowly industrial workhorses to the fire-breathing NHRA top fuel machines, so tell us about your favorite V-8 charity case below.