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What is a Hemi? – Dan Carney @DesignNews

What is a Hemi? – Dan Carney @DesignNews

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Have you spotted a Mopar hot rod and wondered, “That thang got a Hemi innit?

Chrysler vehicles have long been renowned for their Hemi V8 engines, which are legendary for their power and performance. Remember the silly “That thang got a Hemi innit?” commercials from the aughts, with the two goofball fanboys interrogating owners of new Dodge vehicles about their engine status?

Most people know that a Hemi means performance, but how many people actually know what “hemi” means? That’s why we’re here. “Hemi” is a reference to the engine’s combustion chamber shape. It is short for “semi-hemispherical,” which means that the combustion chamber space cast into the engine’s heads looks like it was carved out with an ice cream scoop.

Chrysler vehicles have long been renowned for their Hemi V8 engines, which are legendary for their power and performance. Remember the silly “That thang got a Hemi innit?” commercials from the aughts, with the two goofball fanboys interrogating owners of new Dodge vehicles about their engine status?

Most people know that a Hemi means performance, but how many people actually know what “hemi” means? That’s why we’re here. “Hemi” is a reference to the engine’s combustion chamber shape. It is short for “semi-hemispherical,” which means that the combustion chamber space cast into the engine’s heads looks like it was carved out with an ice cream scoop.

“If you cut a ball in half, the rounded top is the combustion chamber shape,” explained Brandt Rosenbush, company historian for Chrysler, which is now part of a company called “Stellantis” following the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with Peugeot.

A semi-hemispherical combustion chamber has the minimal possible surface-area-to-volume ratio, so less energy is lost as heat through the combustion chamber’s surface, said Rosenbush. It also enjoys good volumetric efficiency because the dome combustion chamber shape provides ample room for large intake and exhaust valves.

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1955: Chrysler’s All-Transistor Mopar Car Radio – Rick Hirsh @AllPar.com

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Chrysler and Philco announced that they had developed and produced the world’s first all-transistor car radio in the April 28, 1955, edition of the Wall Street Journal. Chrysler made the all-transistor car radioMopar model 914HR, available as an option in Fall 1955 for its new line of 1956 Chrysler and Imperial cars, which hit the showroom floor on October 21, 1955. The all-transistor radio was a $150 option.

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THE RIETZ MOPAR COLLECTION AUCTION – COLLECTOR CARS & PARTS

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Mopar or No Car was the philosophy that Alan Rietz lived by for his car collecting activities. Alan amassed a massive collection of all things Mopar on his farm in South Dakota. Sadly Alan died in an accident leaving his collection and unfinished projects behind. Yvette Van der Brink of Van der Brink auctions specialises in the sale of collections of this type. Forget all the bells and whistles Van der Brink just get’s it done!

Be sure to watch the excellent video below, where Alan’s wife Linda recounts the history of Alan and his collection.

The auction details and pictures can be found here

You can read the auction story here and you can find the auction results here