1955: The Chevy V8 Kicked all their Axles

1955: The Chevy V8 Kicked all their Axles

The 2020 model year cars are being produced right now, which means the Chevrolet 265 c.i. Turbo-Fire V8 as introduced to the world exactly 65 years ago. Who knew that this little Chevy motor was so revolutionary that it would grow, evolve and remain in production in some GM form all these years? What made the small block Chevy so far ahead of it’s time and an instant favorite with hot rodders of the late 50s? The thin-wall castings, excellent breathing heads, and light, compact design for starters. Chevy’s V8 made the same-year Ford Y-Block and Plymouth Poly feel a bit clunky (and chunky) in comparison. I’ve attached a Jam Handy movie below called “Torque Talk” that was made for 1955 Chevrolet dealers to demonstrate how good the motor was compared to those two cars, and I think you’ll like it. Tractor Pulls, Drag Racing, and Hill Climbs all in one film!

 

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