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True, the first passenger car equipped with the legendary small-block Chevy was the '55 Chevy with its 265-cubic-inch small-block. But did you know that the first Chevrolet produced with an overhead valve V-8 occurred in 1917? Yes, the Chevrolet Series D had a 288-cubic-inch overhead valve V-8 that pumped out a whopping 55 horses. Chevrolet sold just over 2,800 of these cars almost 90 years ago.