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The 10 greatest engines of all time

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The most powerful production engine resides in a Bugatti Chiron. The most fuel-efficient engine takes residence in a Volkswagen XL1. But both of the vehicles these engines are mounted to are so expensive and exclusive that their impact will never really reach us. We rounded up what we believed were the best engines – not necessarily the most powerful or advanced, but engines that made an impact on the automotive landscape. Some on this list were made for 70 years, and some were produced for less than a decade.

These are what many believe to be the 10 most significant production car engines ever made. There are many other great engines that couldn’t fit on the list but you can vote for your pick of these 10 at the bottom of the page. 

The Volkswagen air-cooled flat-four

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Emmanuel Thullier’s 1955 Volkswagen Beetle

Unless you’re under the age of 10, you can remember the distinct clatter of an air-cooled VW rattling along. During its daunting seventy-year production run between 1936 and 2006, VW made somewhere between 20 and 30 million of these little engines. The cars they powered sparked a small-car revolution in North America. The Volkswagen Beetle was the car that brought compacts into the mainstream buyer’s mind. Ingeniously simple, these compact and lightweight engines can be fixed with basic hand tools, and parts are available around the world. 

Jaguar XK straight six

Jaguat XK Engine

Jaguat XK Engine

Jaguar’s legendary XK engine fitted in a 1953 C-Type

This is the engine that made Jaguar. Before the introduction of the world-beating XK 6 engine, the British marque was a middling also-ran. The generously sized engine was the brainchild of Sir William Lyons and William Heynes, who came up with the idea for the engine while sitting on a roof as part of a fire watch while German bombs fell on Coventry. 

The engine propelled Jaguar to no less than five Le Mans victories between 1951 and 1957. It also powered Jaguar’s most famous sports car of all, the flowing E-Type. Considering the engine had its roots in WWII, it’s amazing that it stayed in production for 43 years, until 1992. 

Chevrolet small-block V8

2016 Hagerty Maple Mille

2016 Hagerty Maple Mille

The engine in this 1967 Camaro is cleaner than most kitchens

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