Chevy, Olds, Pontiac and Buick V8 engines are not the same!

When dealing with older GM cars and trucks, it's important to remember that until the early '80's, each division designed and manufactured their own specific V8 engines. Each division besides Cadillac had their own 350, 400 and 455(Chevy was a 454) engines that were TOTALLY unrelated to one another.

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Most everyone is familiar with the Buick 3800 and it's 3300 and 3.0L variants. But before it was a modern FWD engine, it was a RWD engine that was developed way back in 1962 using the same architecture as the aluminum 215 V8 but in iron and with a different bore/stroke. The rest, as they say, is history.





"Junior" Model Chevy V8 Phillip
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1960 Buick Invicta 401 Nailhead Power ROAD TEST
We test drive a very nice original 1960 Buick Invicta 401 4 bbl and Twin Turbine on a postcard-perfect day in Seattle.





5 Best Unknown V8 Engines From The Muscle Car Era
Everyone has heard of the Chrysler 426 Hemi, Chevrolet LS6 454, Buick Stage-1 455, Pontiac 455 HO, Oldsmobile W-30 455, and Ford 427 large displacement V8s. These were some of the biggest legends of the original muscle car era. However there are some small to medium displacement high performance V8s that have been forgotten over time due to hiding in plain view under the shadow of their large displacement muscle car brethren. Here's a list of the 5 best forgotten muscle car V8 engines form the golden era that pack a lot of performance punch and are worthy of honor.




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