Chevrolet’s 305 cubic-inch small block V8 is larger and more powerful than anything available in ’49. There are even Hooker headers attached to let it exhale nicely. This V8 upgrade looks clean and bold with the bright black radiating against the dark fender walls. And the details are even good with the finned valve covers and color-matched firewall. This is a strong runner, so it’s nice to also have nice driving features like power brakes and a three-speed automatic transmission.

Location: Concord, North Carolina, United States

See listing: small block powered 1949 Chevrolet Streetrod hot rod (from November 5, 2019)