What's Your Favorite Forgotten Engine?

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For every and LT1 V8 and SR20 I4 there's an engine lost to history because of its rarity, its strangeness, or the misfortune of being dropped in an appliance. Today is a day of remembrance. What's your favorite forgotten engine?

Most people don't realize that Isuzu built a V12 in the early 1990s. The engine was secretly tested by Lotus engineers for use in F1 cars, but didn't earn a place despite doing well enough to earn consideration. The 3.5-liter V12 produced over 700 HP at 13,500 RPM and was even considered for the McLaren F1, before Gordon Murray decided to go with someone more established. It was then transferred to the strange Isuzu Como ute concept, where it was behind the passenger cabin like a couple of plastic seats in a BRAT. From there it vanished, with rumors of it living in one engineer's house.

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The Ford 300 Inline-6. In honest reliable stump-pulling service from 1966-1996, the Ford 300 was the go-to real 'truck motor' in the Ford engine lineup. Unfortunately these engines have been overshadowed by their Windsor V8 stablemates, even if the Windsors had less torque than the 300 (torque that came at higher RPMs too).

Too many people have forgotten that Ford made an I-6, and that most go 500,000 miles or more with routine service. Too many people think its a V6 when its not. Far too many people write it off, it just doesn't receive the credit it deserves.