Cohort Outtake: Four One-Barrel Carbs On a Vintage Olds V8 Hot Rod- Anyone Know Who Made The Manifold?

RalfK (Don Kincl) posted this shot of a fine old hot rod. He thought the owner said it was a Pontiac V8, but I’ve come to the conclusion it’s an early Olds V8, which was a common and very desirable engine for the purpose, given that in the early 50s there were very few choices other than the venerable Ford flathead in order to make more power. The 1949 Cadillac and Olds V8s were the first, and very much in demand, followed by the 1951 Chrysler hemi, which could make massive power but was mighty heavy. And of course these engines were not exactly easy or cheap to come by until some years went by. And then there’s that intake.

That intake manifold with four one-barrel (I assume) carbs is a real gem too; very early-mid 50s vintage. I Googled it, and came up with nothing. Anyone know its origins? Once four barrel carbs came along, that was quickly the favored way to go. But in the early-mid 50s, multiple one barrels were the preferred setup. Sure looks great.