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In pictures: GM's enduring engine, from 1955 to 2012

As GM celebrates building 100 million small-block V-8 engines, we take a look at some of the vehicles powered by the classic engine during the last five decades

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General Motors has built more than 100 million “small-block” V-8s since introducing the legendary motor family in 1955 to do battle in Detroit’s escalating horsepower war. Since then, small-block V-8s have powered some iconic vehicles, including the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, pictured.


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1955 Chevrolet Corvette


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1967 Chevy C-10 Long Bed Pickup.


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1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 RS


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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28


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1972 Chevrolet Suburban 10 Carryall


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Small-block V-8s have also powered Le Mans winners, giving Corvette its first class win in 1960 and seventh in 2011, along with countless other forms of competition machines, from drag racers to NASCAR stockers like this 2004 NASCAR Sears Point USA car.


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Dale Earnhardt's 1986 NASCAR Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe


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Todd Kelly testing the new Holden Racing Team VE Commodore.


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Some of the current vehicles powered by the small-block V-8, including the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado 2LT, pictured.


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2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS with an RS appearance package


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2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible


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2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT Crew Cab Pickup


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