Plymouth police cars of 1976: Valiant to Gran Fury

1976 Plymouth police cars (A38)

The muscle car era is usually officially closed with the 1974 models; the Hemi was long gone by then, but the big 440s remained, as did the high-po small-blocks. The writing was on the wall, with soaring gasoline prices, occasional shortages, and new life for smaller cars. The Valiant Brougham drew in many former big-Chrysler, …

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First Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Hits the Dyno

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye on the Satera Dyno

The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye has just started showing up in dealerships around the country. According to the details accompanying this video from Satera Tuning, this is one of just nine that have been delivered, with shop owner and new Redeye owner Jeremy Satera picking the car up earlier this week. For most …

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B (as in “big”) V8 engines

300G cross-ram wedge engine

Despite our headline, the B in “B engines” did not mean “big.” The creation story Chrysler’s first V8 engines (such as the 392 shown below) were a success, but they were only intended for high-end, relatively pricey cars. As more and more customers demanded eight cylinders, though, Chrysler Corporation could not make enough of their …

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Original Hemi V8: dual-rocker powerhouses

Chrysler 1957 392 Hemi FirePower V8 engine

Chrysler Corporation was not by any means the first company to use hemispherical heads in their engines, but they are probably the ones best known for them, because of their high production and their high performance… and because they trademarked the term “Hemi™.” Ironically, the original Hemi engines were eventually stripped of their distinctive hemispherical heads, …

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