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Corvette Engines from the '50s
The "Blue Flame" 6 as installed in '53 and '54
A "Blue Flame" 6 installed in a '54
GM almost canned the Corvette because of its anemic 6 cylinder engine. This all changed in 1955 when the then Corvette Chief Engineer, Zora Duntov (often called the granddaddy of the Corvette), dropped a 195 HP 265 CID V8 in the 1955 Corvette. Thanks for this photo to fellow NCRS member #182, Roy Baatz. The Corvette this engine is installed in is featured in a Vette Magazine article you can read here.
Three views of the RPO 579A fuel injected 283CID (4.6 ltr). Installed in slightly varying configurations from 1957 - 1960. It had a 9.5:1 compression ratio and produced 250 HP.
For the first half of the model year in 1960, the 579A was available with aluminum heads, had a 11.0:1 compression ratio, and produced 275 HP. Note the addition of the ignition shielding. Thanks for these photos to NCRS member Dave Freeman.
The 1958 - 1960 "base" engine. It had a displacement of 283 cubic inches and produced a respectable-for-its-era 230 HP.