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10 Worst Engines Ever Used In American Cars – Luke Zietsman @HotCars

10 Worst Engines Ever Used In American Cars – Luke Zietsman @HotCars


Over the years, American automakers have made some of the most innovative engines. These include the famous flathead Ford V8, which changed the way people think about engines in the early part of the 20th century, and the small block Chevy, which you can still buy as a crate engine today.

It certainly isn’t all about the V8, either, with some of the most reliable inline-6 engines and some of the most advanced turbocharged engines also in the mix. Unfortunately, between all of these engineering marvels are a fair few duds too. Each of the big three have been guilty of this, forcing some underpowered, unreliable scrap onto the buying public from time to time.

10 Buick 3800 V6

Renowned for making large, lazy cars, this is a large lazy engine. It doesn’t match some others for displacement, but this is a transverse mounted engine.

So it adds a heap of weight to the front of whatever land yacht it gets planted in, then proceeds to underwhelm everyone. With just shy of 200 horsepower, this 3.8 liter engine is making around 50 horsepower per liter, not bad if this was from the 70s, but Buick were using this engine right up until the late 00s.

Ford 2.5-Liter HSC

Initially, this was developed during the 80s to be a more economical option as a 2.3-liter, but naturally Ford repurposed it and continued to shove it into the Taurus way into the 90s

It was already outdated technology in the 80s, having a cast iron head in a time where other manufacturers were already experimenting with aluminum alloy blocks. It is therefore exceptionally heavy for a transverse mounted engine (doing nothing for handling) and runs out of puff at around 5000 rpm, thanks to the fact that they designed the thing to be as durable as possible.


This did duty in a host of European cars and in all fairness to it, it did a respectable job for the most part, but the one and only American (ish) car it was put in, got ruined by it.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was supposed to be the most futuristic sports car back in the 80s, it was supposed to be what the Tesla Model S became today. Unfortunately, the rotary engine that was supposed to be mounted mid-ship never made it into production, so they scrambled to find a replacement, and this was it. Making only 130 horsepower, and mounted in the rear, it ruined both the performance and handling of the DMC-12 in one fell swoop.

Iron Duke

With an iron head and block, this was a durable engine, it was also incredibly underpowered, hopelessly inefficient and did we mention it was all made of iron, so yes, extremely heavy for an inline-4.

Then, GM had the cheek to put it into a Camaro, one of the most ridiculous things any manufacturer has done in decades. Today, it makes for a useful boat anchor.

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5 Greatest And 5 Worst Engines Ever Put In American Muscle Cars – Ramya Shah @HotCars


The heart and powerhouse of the automobile, which allows a car to breathe, have gone through many phases, growing with time. Bells and whistles are a thing of the past. What matters most in a muscle automobile is what’s under the hood, and the bigger and harder the better. We’re talking a lot of horsepowers and they’re not particularly fuel-efficient, but that’s what makes them classic muscle cars in the first place.

The American muscle car scene enjoyed a golden era in the 1960s and 1970s, and it has since become a popular American activity for individuals who appreciate learning about different automobile features and a hobby for collectors who can afford it. In its heyday, we saw some of the world’s rarest and most legendary muscle cars and eventually, some of the worst. Most of them are equipped with massive torque-rich V-8 engines.

There may be too many components on a car that can go wrong, from transmissions locking up to engines exploding. But, of all the problems you could face, a broken motor is probably the worst. Whether you have two or twelve cylinders, one of them will ultimately detonate, leaving you stranded. While most cars have 100,000 miles or more on the odometer before problems arise, certain engines have birth defects from the start. So let us look at the hearts where they got softened and where they shined the most.

10 409 Chevy Big Block

The Chevrolet 409 V8 is a dead end in the Chevrolet high-performance tale, but it’s a fascinating one that deserves a closer examination. The 409 V8 is a so-called “missing link” in Chevrolet’s horsepower history. From 1961 through 1965, they produced the Chevrolet 409. This first-generation big block was dubbed the W series by General Motors

In 1963, they rated the engine at 425 horsepower which could push Big automobiles like the 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS to speeds fast enough to inspire the Beach Boys to create a song about it.


Few racing engines from the Motor City could compete with Ford’s 427 CID SOHC V8 engine, the “90-day wonder,” or “Cammer,” is still a popular nickname for it, during the muscle car era. This famous powerhouse produced a staggering 657 horsepower when fitted with dual four-barrel carburetors.

It was planned to be Ford’s two-valve, single-overhead-cam, the high-rpm answer to Chrysler’s 426 Hemi for NASCAR in 1964, but because NASCAR refused to allow it, only a few street vehicles received this motor.

Dodge 426 Hemi

Throughout the ’60s muscle car era, the Hemi could be one of the most well-known engines ever installed in a muscle car, which Hemi has left an unmistakable mark on the history of the automobile.

The engine’s reputation has long transcended its actuality, earning it the nickname “Elephant” because of its immense size, weight, and output figures. However, the Hemi name continues to be in the current V8 range, including the Hellcat 717-hp and the Super Stock 807-hp Challenger.

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Here’s What Everyone Forgot About The 1969 ZL1 Camaro – Dennis Kariuki @HotCars


Chevrolet brought back the Camaro  ZL1 in 2012, there’s even a 2021 model, but these new Camaro ZL1 cars are not the most popular and sought-after Chevy Camaro ZL1’s. The highly unsafe, powerful, and untamed 1969 ZL1 Camaro takes that crown. Most Europeans were surprised when the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE got banned on the continent for safety reasons, but if the 1969 Camaro ZL1 was made today, it would be banned worldwide. It was raw, with no safety features, and under the hood was a big block engine that G.M had made illegal for Chevrolet to include in production cars.

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5 Classic Pickups That Saw Their Prices Skyrocket (5 Modern Trucks That Depreciated Like Crazy) – Maxnence Veron @HotCars


Trends are never static. That is a fact. A little over 10 years ago, Kanye West’s shutter shades were all the rage. Thankfully, the fad disappeared, as most fads do. In the automotive industry, a specific type of vehicle became very popular: the pickup truck.

RELATED: It Should Be A Criminal Offense To Modify These Classic Trucks

While pickup trucks can be seen everywhere nowadays, they were meant to be used as work vehicles back in the ’50s all the way to the early ’70s. As they became popular in the most recent years, several carmakers had a go at producing pickup trucks. Some pickup trucks have failed miserably in America. On the used car market, certain classic trucks are now worth a fortune, while some modern trucks have depreciated like crazy

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10 Sickest Mercury Cars Ever Made – Martin Peter @HotCars


In the 1930s, Ford was getting slaughtered in the mid-priced market by the likes of Dodge and Oldsmobile. To save the company, Edsel Ford – the legendary Henry Ford’s son – established the Mercury brand in 1939, serving as a bridge between Ford and its Lincoln luxury division. The idea worked like a charm, as Mercury produced some of the most iconic American classic cars from the 50s to 70s era.

101969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

Most people don’t include the Mercury Cougar in their list of the greatest classic muscle cars, but it fully deserves to be included. Introduced in 1967, the Cougar had everything muscle car fans love – a Mustang-based design, a mighty V8 under the hood, and fantastic driving dynamics. The Cougar was so good that it received the 1967 Motor Trend Car of the Year award.

Following the successful launch of the Cougar, Mercury introduced several trims, with the highest-performing one being the 1969 Eliminator. This car came with a 4.9-liter V8 – the same engine in the Mustang Boss 302 – producing 290 horsepower, making it a joy to drive.

9 1950 Mercury Coupe

The Mercury Eight is one of the first cars Mercury built in the early 40s. However, it wasn’t until 1950 that Mercury gave it the redesign that earned it a spot on this list. The 1950 Eight was based on the 1949 Ford, but had a distinctive design and a bigger Flathead V8 than the Ford.

Available as a sedan, coupe, convertible, or two-door station wagon, the Eight quickly became popular in hot rod circles and even had songs written about it. It’s also one of the most popular movie cars featured in James Dean’s 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause.

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This Classic 1949 Mercury Custom Is The Perfect Dose Of Nostalgia – Zeeshan Sayed


We all love a bit of nostalgia, don’t we? Especially if it is a classic from the yesteryears. And every automobile lover has their own favorite classic car. Some adore the likes of Ferrari P4/5 for its rarity while others are admirers of the likes of GTO 250 purely because of the moolah they generate in today’s times.

Almost every big automobile company boasts a super-rich legacy in terms of classic cars. And so is the case with Ford. The American multinational automaker produced a bunch of timeless classics back in the day. And one of its classics was the Mercury Eight – a part of Ford’s Mercury brand that was established to bridge the price gap between Ford and Lincoln models. While the Mercury Eight enjoyed a successful 13-year reign, it is the 1949 Mercury Custom that gets us nostalgic.

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5 Best Woodie Wagons Sold At Worldwide Auctioneers’ 2021 Scottsdale Event (5 Best Woodie Wagons Ever) – Nzilili Sam @HotCars


Though they have, for long, been extinct in production facilities, woodie wagons are still counted among the most important cars in America’s automotive history. For several decades, woodie wagons were equivalent to the modern day’s high-end SUV. Buyers loved their spacious cabins, and the quality of artistry it took to turn a pile of wood into stylish and durable car parts.

Though genuine woodie wagons fell out of favor with manufacturers and mainstream buyers due to their increasing production cost and a lack of durability, many pre-loved examples were given a second life by classic car lovers and collectors. Some well-kept examples are even exchanging hands for hundreds of thousands, entering the history books of the most expensive cars sold at auctions. Dive in as we look at five of the greatest woodie wagons of all time, versus the five best woodie wagons sold at the recently held Scottsdale sale.

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Here’s What Happened To James Dean’s 1949 Mercury From Rebel Without A Cause – Arun Singh Pundir @HotCars


Here’s more about the ’49 Mercury from Rebel Without A Cause and where it is now…

The Mercury Eight line was brought forth by Ford’s now-defunct Mercury division; however, the nameplate tasted sweet success between 1939 and 1951.  In 1955, the world mourned the death of the rising star James Dean in an automobile accident. Naturally, when the movie Rebel Without A Cause was released just a month after his demise, it became an instant hit. And James Dean was mourned even more after his acting skills made it apparent that he could have been the next big thing in Hollywood.

Everything Dean touched was gold at the time, so his 1949 Mercury from this very movie became a sensation as well, adopted by the hot-rodding generation with instant ease. Was the Mercury always destined to be a hot rodder hit or did the movie’s success further take it to great heights?

Since time cannot be turned back or altered, we can’t say. Perhaps it was a bit of both, further compounded by Dean’s untimely death. Either way, his 1949 Mercury became a huge hit and has carried on being a classic hot rodder to date.

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Here’s Why People Are Putting Chevy Engines Into Their Ford Hot Rods – David Schmidt @HotCars


There are several reasons people put Chevy engines into their Ford hot rods even though it raises the blood pressure of many a car enthusiast.

The idea of putting a Chevy engine into a Ford hotrod rubs some people the wrong way. For many purists, a Ford should have a Ford engine, a Chevy should have a Chevy engine, a Mopar should have a – well, you get the point. These enthusiasts are loyal to their brands and have strong opinions about engine swaps.

And then there’s the hot rod community. Being largely rooted in car modifying, hot rodders take off fenders, chop tops, and stick different engines in different cars without thinking twice. It’s what they do. Though that’s not to say there aren’t purists among the hot rodding community as well who think Fords should have Ford engines only – yet it’s commonplace to find Chevy engines in Fords among hot rodders.

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The History Behind Ford’s F-Series Trucks – Chris Flynn @HotCars


While the F- Series officially debuted in 1948, the concept was already set in motion back in 1925 with a rudimentary truck Model T.T. based on the Ford Model T. This factory-assembled truck had a longer wheelbase and a heavier frame than Model T. It was replaced by subsequent Ford Model A.A. and B.B.

Prior to the Second World War, Ford’s Model 50 was a restyled pickup truck, with its notable shifting of the spare tire from the front fender to the bedside. The body boasted a curved roofline and styled grille. It was powered by a flathead V8 that developed a small 85 horsepower.

Ford’s Model 50 production halted in 1941, and after the war, Ford officially dubbed its new pickup line as “F-Series Bonus Built Line” in January 1948. The comprehensive line-up covered trucks from 1/2-ton-rated pickup models to three-ton-rated F-8. In 1951, Ford reworked its first-generation series with modified front fenders, grille, dashboard etc.

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