Originally Posted by American Muscle
is it known for performance?
Not really, makes big amounts ot torque just because it is soo large. The 472 and especially the 500 are somewhat used for performance, there are a couple of companies that specialize in performance parts for these. A bit more expensive than a BBChevy, lighter than a BBChevy, almost SBC weight. BBC headers nearly fit, cutting off the BBChevy flanges and slightly tweaking the tubes allows Cadillac flanges to be welded on.
It is a slightly popular swap into chevy trucks, good towing power and usually better mileage than a BBChevy. There are a few people who use them in Hotrods. Will basically fit anywhere a BBChevy, BBOlds, Pontiac, BBBuick will fit if you want to do the swap work.