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Chrysler 383 V8 Engine

The Chrysler 383 V8 engine was first seen in 1959 and was produced up through 1971. This motor was one of Chryslerís most widely used engines in the 60s and was found in a large amount of Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth models. The total production numbers for the 383 are somewhere in the 3 million range so finding parts for them these days is not difficult at all.

The 383 V8 became so popular mainly due to the fact that it was so versatile. It was found in more family oriented cars like the Chrysler 300 and Newport as well as muscle cars like the Dodge Charger and Plymouth Barracuda. In the mid to late 60s the 383 was a great alternative for performance enthusiast who couldnít get a 440 V8 or 426 V8 engine. Horsepower for the engine ranged anywhere from 270 up to 335 depending of course on the compression and carburetor setup.

Like most of the powerhouse motors of the 60s increased emission laws in the US ended up killing off the 383 for the 1972 model year. Nowadays with simple bolt on performance parts, you can easily get 100+ more horsepower out of a stock Chrysler 383 V8 without killing your wallet. For more information be sure to check out this article from Mopar Muscle Magazine.

 

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Engine Specifications

1959 - 1964 with 2 barrel carb
Chrysler Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 305 @ 4600 rpm
Max Torque - 410 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.75
Bore - 4.031
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1965 - 1967 with 2 barrel carb
Chrysler Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 270 @ 4400 rpm
Max Torque - 390 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 9.2
Firing Order - 18436572

1968 - 1969 with 2 barrel carb
All Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 290 @ 4400 rpm
Max Torque - 390 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 9.2
Firing Order - 18436572

1959 - 1961 with 4 barrel carb
Chrysler Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 325 @ 4600 rpm
Max Torque - 425 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.75
Bore - 4.031
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1959 with 4 barrel carb
Dodge D500

Max Brake Horsepower - 320 @ 4600 rpm
Max Torque - 420 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.75
Bore - 4.031
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1959 with 4 barrel carb
Dodge Super D500

Max Brake Horsepower - 345 @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque - 420 @ 3600 rpm
Stroke - 3.75
Bore - 4.031
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1960 - 1961 with 2 X 4 barrel carbs
Dodge Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 330 @ 4800 rpm
Max Torque - 460 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1963 with 4 barrel carb
Dodge Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 320 @ 4600 rpm
Max Torque - 430 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1963 with 2 X 4 barrel carbs
Dodge Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 325 @ 5200 rpm
Max Torque - 420 @ 3600 rpm
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1962 and 1964 - 1965 with 4 barrel carb
Dodge Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 330 @ 4600 rpm
Max Torque - 425 @ 2800 rpm
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1965 - 1967 with 4 barrel carb
Chrysler Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 325 @ 4800 rpm
(315 @ 4400 rpm for 1965)
Max Torque - 425 @ 2900 rpm
(420 @ 2800 rpm for 1965)
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 10.0
Firing Order - 18436572

1969 - 1970 with 4 barrel carb
Dodge and Plymouth Models

Max Brake Horsepower - 335 @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque - 425 @ 3400 rpm
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 9.5
Firing Order - 18436572

1971 with 4 barrel carb

Max Brake Horsepower - 300 @ 4800 rpm
Max Torque - 410 @ 3400 rpm
Stroke - 3.375
Bore - 4.25
Compression - 8.5
Firing Order - 18436572