‘V8 Engines’


Hi Kent:

You are correct to pick Cadillac as the first car maker to introduce a V8 engine to the upper-middle class. It did so in 1915. It was a Flathead V8 of 353 cubic inches and made 95 horsepower.

Oldsmobile introduced the Rocket V8 in 1949. It was 303 cubic inches and made 135 horsepower.

As far as a V8 for the average working man, who else but Henry Ford. In 1932 Henry introduced the Model 18 with a 221 cubic inch Flathead V8 making 65 horsepower. 



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