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2017 Muscle Car Match-Ups (Engine Edition) Final Four — Vote Now!

Welcome to the Muscle Car Match-Ups Final Four.
 
There were never any wrong answers, but we’re admittedly excited about the excellent match-ups your votes have created, as they represent some of the finest American V8 production engines of all time.
 
Left standing: Chevy. Ford. Mopar. And the powerhouse up to this point—the Buick 455 Stage 1.
 
Which one is THE best? It’s up to you to decide—see how the voting is done here. Don’t miss your chance to crown your favorite powerplant.

Final Four (Third Round) Match-Ups

Chevy L88 427 vs. Ford 427 Medium Riser

Ford 427 mid riser vs. Chevy L88 427
Corvette’s history is long and significant. And in that history, the Chevy L88 427 powered the rarest and most beastly versions of America’s original sports car. Chevy fibbed and said it made 430 horsepower. But we all know it made closer to 500. Which is in no way a bad thing.
 
Standing in the other corner is arguably Ford’s most-iconic engine—the legendary, old-school Ford 427 Mid Riser. This engine was the best and most streetable of Ford’s production-line 427s. The top Mid Riser was a dual-quad equipped engine which spit out 425 horsepower.
 
Two 427s. One Chevy. One Ford.
 
It’s like North Carolina vs. Duke, only with more hurt feelings afterward.

Chrysler 426 HEMI vs. Buick 455 Stage 1

Buick 455 Stage 1 vs. Hemi 426
You’ve probably already heard the story of the legendary 426 HEMI. It’s the Elephant. An icon. A game-changer. Best engine origin story ever. It was so dominant that NASCAR changed its rules to keep HEMI-powered cars from having a competitive advantage. Crazy.
 
But staring down the vaunted Elephant is the most-dominant engine of this tournament, earning the most votes in both Rounds 1 & 2: The Buick 455 Stage 1.
 
Buick engineers took the 455 and made most of its internals bigger and stronger. And, voilà! The Stage 1 face-rocker was born, and just maybe, destined for the throne.
 
One engine is running away from the field. But an Elephant never forgets.
 
Now you decide which engine moves onto the championship.
 
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31 Comments

  1. Joel Reeves says:

    Chevy L88 427
    Chrysler 426 Hemi

  2. Brian Boudreaux says:

    Chevy L88 427
    Buick 455 Stage 1

  3. Ford 427
    Buick 455

  4. Ford 427
    426 Hemi

  5. L88 and the HEMI

  6. Rick Sowder says:

    Chevy L88 ,Chrysler 426 Hemi.

  7. Ford 427, Buick 455

  8. L88 absolute beast!!!

  9. Buick 455

  10. Bad as Buick 455

  11. Pål Jacobsen says:

    Buick 455 Stage1

  12. 455 Stage 1
    426 Hemi

  13. The one and only Buick 455 Stage One

  14. Paul hanson says:

    Buick 455

  15. butch barber says:

    BUICK 455

  16. Kyle Luthman says:

    Buick 455

  17. Buick 455

  18. Chevy L88 427
    Buick 455 Stage 1

  19. Buick 455 Stage 1 & Chevy L88 427

  20. Buick 455 stage 1

  21. Chevrolet L88 427, Chrysler 426 Hemi

  22. Chevy L88, Buick 455 stage 1

  23. AND ITS BUICK 455 STAGE 1 FOR THE WIN

  24. Gs455 stage 1

  25. BUICK 455 STAGE 1 WILL BE #1 Always Fast with class!

  26. L88 and 455

  27. Lance Frasier says:

    L-88

  28. Daniel Speer says:

    Ford 427 mid riser
    Buick 455 stage 1

  29. Hemi hemi hemi. Without it there are no record books. Just pamphlets.

  30. L88
    Hemi

  31. Billy tart says:

    427 and 426

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