Talk:Ford 385 engine
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Power Output SAE Net or Gross? 
The 450 horse your hearing is what the TRUE 429 Super Cobra Jet, horsepower ratings. They were considered unoffical. Ford and other manufacturers used the lower ratings to help with shyrocketing insurance rates. Another example is the 426 Hemi was rated at 425 horse from the factory but its true horsepower was closer to 600, same as the 429 Boss! As exciting as it is to talk about those huge HP numbers, the truth is that the overwhelming majority of 460s were not high performance. The HP for most of these engines in the 70s ranges from 205-260.
Hope that clears things up... these ratings are what are posted by the manufacturers compared to the TRUE ratings. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 20:59, 14 December 2010 (UTC)
- The problem with quoting horsepower figures from this era is that it wasn't until 1971 that manufacturers were required to measure horsepower according to SAE standard J1349. Prior to that most of the advertised horsepower figures were wildly optimistic. It is generally not the case that the "true" power output was more than the advertised horsepower rating. It's quite the opposite. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Trac63 (talk • contribs) 16:29, 13 January 2011 (UTC)