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Top Small Block Cars


#1

In a world where the phrase “there’s no replacement for displacement” is thrown around quite a bit, we tend to forget about some of the truly great small-block cars. While a big-block is preferred by most enthusiasts, there are a few out there who love a small-block because of its ability to make power at high RPM ranges and its relatively small size, which makes it an ideal engine for swapping into a large number of chassis configurations. Here are five particularly legendary cars powered by small-blocks that prove you don’t need a huge engine under the hood to be a good muscle car.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2015/03/20/top-small-block-v8s

#2

I’m sure it was an oversight not clarifying that the 306 hp was for the street GT350. The race versions had 350 h p, hence the GT350 name.


#4

All the race versions made way more hp then the street versions.

The Challenger T/A 340 street cars actually made about 350 hp, and the race car version with a 305 made 440 hp. The race z28’s 302 was closer to 500 hp. The race cars just aren’t comparable to the street cars available to the public.


#5

LOL…the forum article title doesn’t specify “V8” like the original article. I guess I got ahead of myself as a rotary engine fan.


#6

@Jim-R - If you are talking rotary, that is the smallest of small blocks- literally! I never ceased to be amazed at how small the package is for one of those.