Dodge history is rich with memorable and mind-blowing engines. Here’s yet another powerhouse under the hood: the 440 Magnum Six Pack.
Introduced in 1969, the Six Pack took its name from its wild induction system: three giant Holley two-barrel carburetors, providing six throttle valves in all. Factory engineers took the already muscular 440 Magnum engine, removed the single four-barrel carburetor and intake manifold and swapped in a special high-rise manifold to accommodate the triple carbs. Capable of flowing over 1, 200 cubic feet of air per minute, the Six Pack setup produced an intimidating roar when the throttle was cracked open.
Additional performance features included HEMI® valve springs and a recalibrated ignition distributor with dual breaker points. In final production tune, the Six Pack was rated at 390 hp at 4, 700 rpm and a massive 490 lb.-ft. of torque at 3, 200 rpm. In the Dodge lineup, it was second in output only to the mighty 426 HEMI.
To unveil the hot new engine to the public, a special model of the 1969 Dodge Super Bee was developed. Named the Super Bee Six Pack, the car sported a fiberglass hood with flat black paint and plain black wheels with no hubcaps. The Six Pack was a huge success in the showrooms—the package offered performance surprisingly close to the 426 HEMI, but at around half the additional cost.
For 1970 and 1971, the Six Pack engine was expanded in availability to include the Dodge Coronet R/T, Charger and Challenger, only to be discontinued completely for 1972. Today the Six Pack is considered one of the greatest engines of the muscle-car era.