American Auto Manufacturers Felt the Sting of European Models During the 1950s
European car companies started to invade the US car industry long before the imports made their way to the massive US auto sales market. General Motors felt the sting of these compact imports. Pontiac 3.8 Liter Engines for Sale, Rebuilt to exceed your expectations.
A scaled up 253 cubic inch version of a cast iron V8 was made in aluminum by GM engineers in 1952, and a 283 cubic inch aluminum engine was made around Chevy bottom parts to compare the differences around that same time. All of this engine experimenting lead to the birth of a Pontiac engine that would be the toast of the muscle car generation of the sixties as well a savior for the fuel conscious consumer of the 1970s.
The 3.8 Pontiac Engine Help Create the Tempest for Cost Conscious Buyers
The 3.8 liter Pontiac engine helped GM balance its bottom line when VW and Renault hit US soil with fuel efficient aluminum engines and body styles that captured the imaginations of a new car buying generation. The Pontiac Tempest was equipped with a 3.8 litre engine, and it was offered in a sedan, coupe, and wagon, plus a convertible was introduced to capture sun-worshipers a short time later. But, the big sales action came with the Pontiac Firebird infiltrated the minds and hearts of the young as well as the forever young.
It’s Not Proper Car Etiquette to Think of the Firebird as a Camaro Afterthought
The Camaro came first and the Firebird did share sheet metal as well as the basic Camaro structure, plus the fenders and rear quarters were also Camaro pieces. But that split front hood, GTO-type taillights, and a beaked hood that was born to rumble over a 230 cubic inch 165 horsepower, 3.8 liter engine with a one barrel carburetor, put the Firebird in a muscle class of its own.
Pontiac was not content to rest on the wings of success so the company stepped up the 3.8 liter engine with a four-barrel carburetor Sprint version, which had a higher compression ratio to boost the power to 215 horsepower. This overhead cam six cylinder was matched with a three or four speed transmission. That engine make over put the base Firebird in a more sophisticated muscle class, and the Firebird Sprint with the big engine was a rock solid bad boy by anyone’s standards.
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