The Evolution of the Ford V8

Ford has always been the nation’s leading automotive manufacturer. As a company, Ford’s engineering has revolutionized the world of motor vehicles as we knew it. The best example of this is Ford’s incredible V8 engine.

For nearly 100 years it was redesigned and improved until it became one of the most powerful engines in the world to date. This engine has been put into the best vehicles that Ford has to offer—including the Ford Mustang and the Ford F150.

Early Development

In the year 1922, most V8 engines were found only in luxury car models. These were the best and most expensive cars that the world had to offer. Henry Ford decided to start research on how he could add his own personal touch to the V8.

For the next ten years Ford’s top engineers worked tirelessly to develop the perfect prototype for an affordable V8. Finally in November 1930, two engineers presented Ford with two prototype V8 engines. Each used a similar design, but Ford began testing each to learn the limits and strengths of both.

Initial Release

Ford’s famous Flathead V8 was first used in 1932, after 10 years of development and research. Ford brought the design to market as a marvel of engineering, in which a 90 degree design and a series of shock absorbers paved way for a new type of ingenuity. At first this design was regarded as a supped up Model A 4-cylinder, but upon closer inspection the public regarded it as a tasteful and sleek design.

Further Design 

This remained almost routine for the next 50 years. Ford would upgrade its design every few years to make the most powerful engine possible. That is until the 1970’s when there were three separate designs for the 351 V8 under Ford’s patent: the 351 Windsor, the 351 C and the 351 Modified. Each one remained similar in design, but bolstered a difference in performance wherever you would need it.

Today, these engines can be seen in every Ford F150 across the country. From West Valley City, Utah to the Big Apple, Ford’s expertise shines across the country.


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