The flathead was not the first V8 engine on the market, but when it first appeared in a 1932 Ford, it was by far the most affordable power plant in the USA. The flathead or flatty was mass produced over its twenty-one year production run, making it the engine of choice for hot rod fans and muscle car enthusiasts. The Ford flathead engine is still sought after by nostalgia buffs and is one of the premier automotive achievements of the twentieth century and another first for the Ford Motor Company.

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