Engine of the Day: Ford Windsor V8

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Since we’ve already seen the Chrysler LA and Chevrolet small-block engines in this series, we’re about due for the V8 Ford made by the millions during about the same span of decades: the Windsor small-block. Starting with the 221- and 260-cubic-inch versions in 1962, Ford put Windsors in cars and trucks for the next 40 years (and you can still buy brand-new crate 302s and 351Ws from Ford today). Ford didn’t make the Windsors quite as friendly for component mix-and-match fun as did their Detroit competitors (and perhaps the 351W is different enough to deserve its own EOTD entry), but the numbers don’t lie: the Windsor was a true workhorse. Make the jump to hear a Windsor-equipped Cobra in action. Engine photo credit: Stephen Foskett. [Wikipedia]


Commenter Andy_Wallwhore suggested yesterday that some auditory engine pr0n might be a good idea for these posts, so we’re trying out the idea.


Raphael Orlove

Hey Murilee,

Now that we've got engine noise thrown into the mix, might I suggest the Audi Quattro's straight 5 engine. It won enough races, beat Pike's Peak to dust (not that it really needed much help), and above all, it sounded amazing. Just amazing. or glorious, or heart wrenching, or... you get the idea. it wasn't really a workhorse, but it just is so cool.