In 1953, Dodge received its first V8 engine when the Red Ram HEMI® hit production. Measuring just 241 inches and churning out 140-horsepower, the Red Ram HEMI® was one of Dodge’s smallest offerings at the time but it was also one of the most impressive. During its inaugural year, the Red Ram HEMI® dominated the Bonneville Salt Flats from the engine bay of a ’53 Dodge Coronet, setting over 100 land speed records.
Thanks to this proven ability to perform and its compact size, the Red Ram HEMI® gained an almost instant popularity with enthusiasts and was affectionately dubbed the “baby” HEMI®. Today, this crucial piece of Dodge history remains a favorite amongst hot rodders and restoration pros alike and is still capable of killing the competition.