In a 1994 Mopar Muscle interview, engineer Tom Hoover said, “We knew with the power level we could expect, we could provide performance and win races for minimum expenditure. You could continue to hone and evolve the Wedge forward, but the results would be limited. The cost effective way to make a real impression at Daytona was to take advantage of the A311 Indy program background, and adapt it to the race ‘B’ engine.”
When the 426 Hemi was introduced in 1964, it was strictly a racing engine. On February 23 of that year, four Hemi-powered Mopars swept the Daytona 500, finishing 1-2-3-4. This single event caught the racing world by surprise and prompted NASCAR to impose stricter production rules on Chrysler. Instead of producing a few blueprinted Hemi motors each production year, they would have to produce several thousand and sell them in “ordinary” production vehicles. Chrysler didn’t throw in the towel on the hemi after this (although they did sit out the 1965 season), and the end result was the Street Hemi, which first appeared in 1966 B-body Dodges and Plymouths.So, per Tom Hoover, none in 1965 and then only in Dodges and Plymouth's. in 1966 and after.
Hi group,I saw this 300-L coupe for sale on Craigslist, and was wondering if the claim that the 426 V-8 was an option on an L - I never heard that before, and I thought that the answer may be of general interest to the group.Here's a link to the ad:Thanks!John S in Florida
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