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Mopar Unveils ‘Hellephant’ 1,000-HP 426 Crate HEMI Engine

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1968 Dodge Super Charger Hellephant

The mighty engine was showcased in a incredible 1968 Dodge Charger restomod at SEMA.

For those that find the 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon inadequate on the power front, Mopar just might have what you need. Chrysler’s performance division has unveiled a new crate engine that pumps out a massive 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb-ft. of torque.

The aptly-named “Hellephant” 426 HEMI engine is able to achieve those lofty figures thanks to a bulked-up displacement with 4.0 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 inches and an improved supercharger with a high-efficiency rotor that is mounted on the all-aluminum block.

The all-aluminum block was borrowed from the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak race vehicles.

As for the name “Hellephant”, it draws inspiration from the 1964 426 HEMI engine that was nicknamed the “elephant” engine for its power and size, as well as the 707-horsepower Mopar “Hellcrate” Engine Kit.

Mopar says the Hellephant engine is very easy to install. It is available as a kit that includes a powertrain control module, an engine wiring harness, a chassis harness, an accelerator pedal, oxygen sensors, a am bus interface device, and a number of other parts needed to set it up.

A Front End Accessory Drive Kit is also available and includes an alternator, a power-steering pump, belts and pulleys, among other components.

Mopar calls the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit an “almost turnkey” solution for enthusiasts seeking power.

At the 2018 SEMA show, Mopar’s gear heads dropped the engine into a heavily-modified 1968 Dodge Charger (pictured) named Super Charger to demonstrate its potential.

The car is further distinguished by a revised front end with a sinister-looking full-width grille that conceals a set of headlights from the Challenger Hellcat, a full body kit that adds a front splitter and a spoiler on the trunk lid, fender flares, a lowered suspension, and dual exhaust tips borrowed from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

You will be able to get your “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine engine starting in the first quarter of 2019.

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12 Second-Tier Classic Muscle Cars To Consider For Your Collection, Part 2

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1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400, front

These American classics made a name for themselves in a field dominated by Mustangs and Corvettes.

In Part One of our article on second-tier muscle cars, we looked at six of 12 models that are certainly considered genuine muscle cars but failed to make the waves that some of their bigger-engined brothers did. Here are the remaining six lesser known gems of the muscle car era.

1967 Dodge Coronet RT

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T

The R/T was a special model produced to make a statement. While a more domestic version with a 440 CID engine was available, buyers had the option of a monster.

Yes, according to , the Dodge Coronet could be optioned with the 426-cid Hemi. Drivetrain options were Mopar’s excellent heavy-duty three-speed TorqueFlite automatic or a four-speed manual.

1964 Mercury Marauder

1964 Mercury Marauder

The debuted in the middle of 1963 to take part in the horsepower wars. It was available with the 390, 406, and 427 cubic-inch engines, which could be paired with a 3-speed or 4-speed manual, or a 3-speed automatic.

1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427

1968 Chevrolet Biscayne 427

The all-new 1965 Biscayne was available with just one engine, a 250 cu in inline-six. That all changed in 1966 when the in-line six became the entry level engine, replaced by the Big-Block 427 cu in V-8 as the top engine.

The high-powered, high-revving 425 hp V8 version with solid lifters proved to be what the doctor ordered.

1965 Pontiac Catalina Coupe

1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Sport Coupe

Introduced in 1964, the Pontiac Catalina was 2+2, a full size coupe based on General Motors’ iconic B-body chassis. It sourced its power from a 421 cu in powertrain with dual exhaust, heavy duty front springs, a 3-speed synchromesh manual transmission (a 4-speed with a Hurst shifter came as an option), and a 3.42:1 performance axle ratio.

1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

1970 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400

Built by Pontiac from 1967 to 2002 — yes, it was around for that long — the Firebird was a very capable machine. Two Ram Air 400 cu in engines were available for the 1970 model year: The first was the L74 Ram Air III model (335 HP) and the second was a 345 hp LS1 Ram Air IV (370 HP) that were carried over from 1969.

The was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.4 seconds.

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

The Fairlane Thunderbolt introduced in 1964 as a limited production, factory experimental model. A total of 100 units were produced — forty-nine featuring a 4-speed and fifty-one making due with an automatic — which was enough to secure Ford the 1964 NHRA Super Stock title.

The Thunderbolt’s combination of Ford’s light weight, intermediate-sized body with a “high rise” 427 cu in V8 powertrain and dual Holley four-barrel carburetors proved to be a force to be reckoned with in NASCAR.

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AMC Rebel Machine rear

They lurked and even prospered in the shadows of the Mustangs and Corvettes of the world.

During the automotive halcyon days of the late 1960s, there were all sorts of muscle cars being optioned with powerful big-block engines and performance accessories. Not all cars coming out of Detroit were quite so outrageous, though.

There were many smaller-engined cars — typically with small-block V-8s — that were sold by the thousands. Today, they make for great collector cars and you can get one for a fraction of what the big boys go for.

1967 Torino GT Muscle Car

Ford Torino GT

Produced between 1968 and 1976, the Ford Torino was most popular as a 4-door and 2-door hardtop. The high-performance version was made with the enthusiast crowd in mind and could be ordered with engines such as the 428 CID and 429 cu “Cobra-Jet.” The GT was also available as a 2-door “SportsRoof” and convertible.

1971 Dodge Demon Classic Car

Dodge Demon

The Demon was introduced in two versions. The first was an econo-car with a 198 CID slant-six and the second was a performance version packing a 340 cubic inch V8. In addition to having more power, the V8 Demon featured special paints and cartoon devil and trident decals.

According to , the one everyone wanted was the 340. It was equipped with a synchronized floor-shifted 3-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drum brakes, a Sure-Grip differential and dual exhaust. This particular Demon is still highly sought-after model today.

1966 Ford Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

Mercury Cyclone

In 1964, Ford released a performance version of the Comet called the Mercury Comet Cyclone. That name was used until 1967, when the “Comet” part of the name was dropped and wildly-popular options such as GT, Spoiler and Cobra Jet were added. In 1971, the Cyclone lost its unique identity when it was integrated into the Montego line

Red Buick Wildcat 425ci, front angle view

Buick Wildcat

The full-size Buick Wildcat was produced from 1962 to 1970 and took its name from a fiberglass-bodied 1953 concept car. It had a high-performance 325 hp version of the 401 cu in Nailhead V-8 motor — the “Wildcat 445”, as it was known — and produced 445 lb-ft of torque.

1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst Edition

Chrysler 300 Hurst

In 1970, Chrysler built the “300 Hurst” with input from the uber-popular aftermarket parts manufacturer Hurst Performance. Only 501 units are believed to have been built. Today, genuine 300 Hurst models are worth in the low six-figures.

AMC Rebel Machine

AMC Rebel Machine

In 1957, American Motors Corporation (AMC) introduced a beefy version of the Rambler called the “Rebel.” Powered by a big V-8, the was the first factory-produced lightweight muscle car. The Rebel name was eventually used on all performance versions of AMC car, and in 1967, the company’s entire intermediate line took the Rebel name.

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GM Puts 755HP LT5 Crate Engine Into 1973 Chevy Chevelle

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Classic 1973 Chevy Chevelle 755hp-Crate Engines

The Corvette ZR1’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is now available as a crate engine.

To showcase its latest crate engines at SEMA 2018, General Motors brought a classic 1973 Chevelle Laguna equipped with Chevrolet’s most powerful production engine ever.

The LT5 6.2-liter V8 — a highlight of the mighty Corvette ZR1 — pumps out 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, seemingly too much power for any vintage car to handle, but not this one.

Chevrolet LT5 6.2 liter V8 Crate Engine, SEMA

Designers gave the high-octane Chevelle a new hood inspired by the ZR1’s carbon fiber hood, new front and rear spoilers that pay homage to NASCAR racers of the ’70s, a modified suspension, and 18-inch wheels.

GM also showed off a classic 1967 Chevy C/10 pickup with the all-new ZZ6 EFI 5.7-liter V8 crate engine and a 1978 Silverado (K10) with the L96 6.0-liter V8 crate engine.

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