Ford V-8 Automobile Engine, 1937

Summary

Ford's affordable V-8 engine, introduced in 1932, proved so popular that the company stopped selling four-cylinder cars with the 1935 model year. For 1937, Ford attracted economy-minded customers with a smaller 60-horsepower version of its V-8. The "60" engine had a displacement of 136 cubic inches, compared to the larger 85-horsepower V-8's 221 cubic inches.

Ford's affordable V-8 engine, introduced in 1932, proved so popular that the company stopped selling four-cylinder cars with the 1935 model year. For 1937, Ford attracted economy-minded customers with a smaller 60-horsepower version of its V-8. The "60" engine had a displacement of 136 cubic inches, compared to the larger 85-horsepower V-8's 221 cubic inches.

Artifact

Automobile engine

Date Made

1937

 On Exhibit

On Loan - NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum

Object ID

55.22.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Metal

Dimensions

Height: 33 in

Width: 19.75 in

Length: 42.5 in

Specifications

Make & Model: Ford "60" V-8 Engine, 1937

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Configuration: 90-degree V-8, L-head valves

Displacement: 136 cubic inches

Bore: 2.6 inches

Stroke: 3.2 inches

Compression: 6.6 to 1

Torque: 94 pound-feet

Horsepower: 60 at 3500 revolutions per minute

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