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The Absolute Best 5 Muscle Car Motors of the 1960s

In only the last few year have engineers been able to leapfrog the performance of engines built 50 years ago, engines that have long since become legend, their presence in a restored muscle car not only bringing extra dollars on the auction block but plenty of oohs and aahs from onlookers poking their heads under the hood.

There have been rumors over the years that these engines have been severally underrated for a variety of reasons. In reality, when freshly rebuilt versions using 100% stock components have been run on a dynamometer, their output is consistent with what the factory stated.

Recall that the engineers of the 1960s could predict airflow through CFD (computational fluid dynamics), deliver fuel via a direct injection system that pulsed the output to assure the best possible mixture, computers that consistently monitored all engine functions that allowed maximum performance under the available condition, or any of the other tools and gizmos available to engines today.

The most these pioneers of performance had at their disposal was a flow bench, a dyno, but mostly their own experience and skill, yet they still created some of the most memorable motors in the brief history of the automobile. Click Next to view the list:

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Chris Riley
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I have been wrecking cars for as long as I’ve been driving them but I keep coming back for more. Two wheels or four, I’m all in. GearHeads.org gives me a chance to give something back to the automobile community.