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Five Engine Bays We Can’t Get Enough Of

Bill Wilson

People who disdain external appearances say it’s what’s under the hood that counts. Problem is, when it comes to cars, what’s under the hood is all about appearance. After all, what is a steak without plenty of sizzle? With that in mind, here’s a look at the five of the greatest stock engine bays in automotive history.

1994 Corvette ZR1

Corvette ZR1

The C4 had a newly modernized look that gave it a clean break from the past. But that doesn’t make it a wimp. Looking at the bay reminds me of a spaceship, but one built to haul ass from here to Mars at the speed of light (or 99.9% to it, for nitpickers familiar with Einstein’s theory).

1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello

Ferrari 550 Maranello

Not all statements of power are in-your-face. Some are concealed within a refined, understated beauty that will nonetheless kick you in the behind if you don’t pay the appropriate homage. After all, it was rough-riding Teddy Roosevelt himself who said “walk softly and carry a big stick.” With 12 cylinders powering this 5.5-liter bad boy, this import from Italy carries a big stick indeed.

2011 Ford Mustang GT

Mustang GT

In 2010, Ford found itself falling behind the pack power-wise, thanks to rivals like the Dodge Challenger. In 2011, however, it made a strong comeback with this 5.0-liter bad boy under its factory hood. On quiet nights you can hear it playing the theme from “Rocky” as it tears down the highway.

1969 Fiat Spider

Fiat Spider

Good looks and brawn need not be inseparable. As anyone who has ever admired the female form knows, the most exquisite beauty lies in perfection of form, not sheer strength. With that in mind, we present the 1608 cc, 4-cylinder engine from this masterpiece of design.

1908-1941 Ford Model T

Ford Model T

This may seem like a strange choice, but remember that beauty exists within a greater context. For Americans who had never ventured more than a few miles from their places of birth, this delightfully simple yet brilliantly engineered engine was gorgeous indeed. Its four inline cylinders could propel them at the unheard-of speed of 45 MPH as long as the gas held out; amazing yet true.

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