Mustang Engines – Ford’s 289 V8 Small Block Engine
The Ford Small Block is a series of automobile V8 engines built by the Ford Motor Company beginning in July 1961. The 4.7-liter V8 engine was a small block unit Ford designed to be an entry level V8 for all models in their lineup. In the Mustang it was the ideal combination. It had small dimensions and was relatively lightweight, with solid power at around 210 hp when it was first launched. The first 289 cubic inch V8 Mustang engine was introduced the first year of Mustang production in 1964 as a D-code, 210hp, V8 engine; and a K-code 271 hp High Performance V8 engine. In all there were 11 289ci / 4.7L engine offerings. In 1967 the small block 289 V8 has 271 hp and made the Mustang GT quite the performer, but it was our friend Carroll Shelby who built Shelby GT350 that create the ultimate 289 cubic inch with 306 hp.