Originally Posted by BuzzLOL
.. I think Chevy didn't like giving away 4 cubic inches to GTO and 442 400's... so enlarged 396 to 402... but kept popular SS396 name to 'stay under' GM's 400" in mid size cars limit...
.. I had a '57 Olds 98 2-door as a teenager... dark grey metallic color with a hint of green in it... 4bbl. 371" 277HP 4-speed Hydramatic... ran pretty good with dual glasspack exhaust and Atlas Bucron tires... previous owner may have put a cam in it... ran better than it seemed like it should... wish I could have kept it... had similar classic lines as a '57 Chevy... maybe even sleeker... but it overheated above 60 MPH for very long and I needed a more dependable car to drive 100 miles to college at GMI... now I know it may have merely needed that spring in the lower radiator hose...!!
Had a '54 Chevy right out of high school with a 371 Olds and a hydro behind it. That was a scarey ride, as it always seemed too front heavy. But it sure smoked the tires from a dead stop!