Rarest HEMI

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  1. SRT-Tom

    SRT-Tom Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderator Article Writer

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    As the classic muscle car era was coming to a close, Chrysler engineers wanted to create a HEMI that was smaller, lighter and more affordable. The result was the A279 engine, also known as the Ball Stud Hemi. It got this name from the engine's new ball-stud rocker arms (like a big block Chevy) designed to trim weight and cost while also allowing the engine to fit in a wider variety of vehicles.

    Chrysler engineers originally planned for a 396 cu-in and 440 cu-in Ball Stud Hemi, but a few extra cubic inches made their way into the final prototypes for both performance and marketing reasons. The result was a 400 and 444-cu-in V8, with the latter said to be comparable in performance capability to the existing 440 Magnum V8.

    The Rarest Hemi Engine Ever Made And Its Tragic Tale (hotcars.com)

     
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    Love the styling of that era fastback Barracuda but never liked the coupe.