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NeonLX

Hey! This car has a 327 V8!

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NeonLX    40

OK, I'm looking at a mid-sized 4-door hardtop that has a 327 V8 under the hood. Bore and stroke dimensions of the engine are 4" X 3.25"--familiar dimensions to small block Chevy fans everywhere. The car I'm looking at has a 4V carb on top of the 327 but fuel injection is supposedly optional, according to the brochure anyway.

Here's the odd part--I'm looking at a 1957 model and Chevy's famous 327 didn't come out until the 1962 model year. What in the heck is going on here??

And yes, the car I'm looking at was made in the U.S. of A.

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Camino LS6    866

Let's see...

Which domestics had fuel injection in 1957? other than Chevy,of course.

Pontiac did.

Caddy?- not sure

Ford offered it in the Thunderbird

Lincoln?

Studebaker?

Packard?

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Camino LS6    866

Mid-sized 4-door hardtop hould be a tough call in 1957.

should rule out Pontiac

and Lincoln

and Caddy

maybe Ford too

Let's see, Studebaker had a 289 and Packard had a 352(I think)

still could be one of them

or

Hudson?

Nash?

Dodge?

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Don't know but I'll guess the Stude-packards or as XP says they're officially called in the late 50s: Packard-Bakers.

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balthazar    1,996

No Ford FI in '57- they did offer a supercharged V-8, tho.

Answer: '57 Nash Rambler Rebel.

Same B&S as the later, unrelated Chevy 327. None known to have been built with FI; problems with pre-production electronics cancelled the option.

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NeonLX    40

Yes indeed, Balthazar called it--the '57 Rambler Rebel came equipped with a 255 horsepower version of American Motor's new 327 V8 (also used in that year's big Nash Ambassador and the last gasp Hudson Hornet). A 288 horsepower, fuel-injected version of the 327 was supposed to go into production but never made it because of the electronic glitches mentioned by Balthazar.

Even with the carbureted engine, the Rebel was pretty darned fast. It supposedly would hit 60 MPH from rest in 7.2 to 7.5 seconds with the optional 4.11 final gears & stick shift tranny. Very quick by 1957 standards.

'57 Rambler Rebel:

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http://www.gobrainstorm.net/~mystkblu/327/57rebel.htm

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