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Chrysler V6 Hemi prints uncovered

by David Zatz on

Tom Rock has uncovered blueprints of Chrysler’s original 3.6 liter V6… and its never-approved V6 Hemi.

While Chrysler Australia did make a series of Hemi Six engines, including one with a “six-pack” setup (triple two-barrel Weber carburetors) which helped set enduring speed records and easily outpaced V8-engined cars in Australia, the company did not sell its own V-6 engines until the 3.9 liter V6 was launched in 1987, followed by the completely different 3.3 liter V6 in 1990. However, in the early 1950s, Chrysler not only planned a V6 engine, it planned one using the new hemispherical-head design that would be used on a series of legendary V8 engines.

As with the Hemi V8, the V6 engine would have been on the forefront of automotive technology; it may have stemmed the loss of sales at Plymouth in the mid-1950s, when competitors had made V8 engines available but Plymouth had to stick with its antiquated flat-head six.

The engine shown on our Hemi V6 page was production-intent, but a highly placed executive vetoed the plans, and it never came to be.

Get the full story and see the blueprints

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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