Engines Exposed: Ford’s Hot Rodding Pioneer Flathead V8 – Brian Grabianowski @CARBUZZ

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The engine that started it all.

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By now V8s are popular enough for just about every auto manufacturer to have one of their own. Even Mazda developed a V8 for a luxury brand, Amanti that was eventually disbanded, but that V8 was never used. The first ever V8s were used in speedboats and aircraft around 1904, but it would be several more years before the V8 would find itself in the engine bay of a car. The red-letter year for a mass-produced, affordable production V8 was 1932 when Ford developed the Flathead V8, which at the time was just referred to as a Ford V8.
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