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GM to auction first LSX454R crate engine for American Heart Association

Over the years, GM and the GM Foundation have contributed more than $1 million to the American Heart Association. This year, GM will auction the first production LSX454R crate engine at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event this month.

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The charity sale is scheduled for the evening of Friday, Jan. 21, and will be carried live on SPEED’s coverage of the Barrett-Jackson auction.

According to the news release, the engine carries lot number 1032.1 and bids can be submitted at the auction in person or online.

“GM Performance Parts is thrilled with the opportunity to leverage our high-performance engine, the heart of a vehicle, to help prevent heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts. “This sale gives the highest bidder the opportunity to buy the first production version of the most powerful small-block V-8 ever engineered by General Motors.”

For the record, GM Performance Parts (GMPP) fuels the passions of automotive enthusiasts with factory-engineered and fully assembled crate engines, engine parts and vehicle accessories, including specialized licensed parts and accessories.

In response, Heather Kinder, executive director for the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association, said, “The American Heart Association is honored to work with partners like General Motors, who exemplify corporate citizenship. This donation further defines GM’s commitment to improving the health of our community.”

LSX454R Crate Engine

The all-new LSX454R crate engine (part number 19257880) is officially rated at 750 plus horsepower and 680 lb.-ft. of torque. It was developed for drag racing, bringing together many of the specialized GMPP LSX parts racers are already using, including the robust LSX Bowtie block.

GMPP engineers designed the LSX454R for the unique, high-rpm demands of drag racing. It is a high-compression, solid-roller combination that uses new LSX DR cylinder heads (part number 19166979). The 11-degree, six-bolt aluminum heads feature raised ports that provide tremendous airflow. They are matched on the engine with an exclusive, all-new high-rise open-plenum intake manifold and a Holley 1,150-cfm Dominator carburetor.

Having worked at Holley Carburetor in my early days of drafting, I concur the Holley carb is a major element. I once used the Nascar carburetor with 2 inch throttle bores for my 396 powered '56 Chevy. It was called Cranky Franky, named after me and my partner Frank Cusmano by his girlfriend.

About the Author: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now trades stocks and writes articles, books and ebooks via, but may be contacted here by email: [email protected]

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