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#86 of 87 Re: Pontiac Straight 8 [keystonecarfan]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 23, 2010 (8:14 am)
Yes, the aftermarket was critical to the Chevy small block's success, as was Chevy's often-secretive support for racing. It didn't hurt either to have their engines in the iconic Corvette, or their other small blocks and big blocks featured in rock n' roll lyrics.
Ford engines were pretty much unimpressive in the 1950s. The "Blower Birds" had no more effect on the general public than the blown Studebakers.
Without aftermarket, without street racing, without professional competitive successes, there was no way to beat GM in the "image" game when it came to engines. Finally Chrysler managed it, in the late 60s, once they had all the other prerequisites in order. Chrysler had to build the support network that GM had.
Engines in the 50s and 60s were about raw power. There was no demand for, nor need for, "sophistication". The most successful engines were brutes. Iron blocks, pushrods, and pistons the size of your head.
#87 of 87 Re: Pontiac Straight 8 [keystonecarfan]
Nov 23, 2010 (8:55 am)
What you said regarding the chances of a merger succeeding is very realistic.