If you're young enough to remember the Beach Boy's singing "She's so fine, my 409" , then you may have a penchant for this great Chevrolet. Put enough hours at the pump as a Gas Jockey, or bagging groceries at the local Food Market and you might have achieved the lyric's..."Gonna save my pennies and save my dimes, Gonna buy me a 409, 409". That was.... IF the franchised Chevrolet Dealer would even consider SELLING you the car as a 'kid'. It was also unlikely the Insurance Companies were going to write a policy due to age restrictions but, a few Father's underwrote the project and "Junior" was soon burning rubber on the road. Believe it or not, a 409 V8 could actually be ordered in ANY Model Chervolet..... even Station Wagons. Most folks ordered the 'Bubbletop" version so, few Bel Air 2Dr Sedans exist with that option. Quarter Mile times were often seen of 115+ mph and there were very few Contenders that could beat the 409 on the Street or Track. Names like "Dyno Don Nicholson", "Dave Stickler", "Butch Teal" and "Hayden Profitt" stole the show at local Drag Tracks around the Country. NASCAR scored 14 wins alone in 1962 with 409 powered Chevys. Most carried Chevrolet's Heavy Duty Suspesion Package with Sintered Metallic Brakes. Those required being 'cooked' ('heating up' ) too function. So, one's built without the HD Suspension would be the reason why many 409's ended up in a ditch or wrapped around a wooden light pole. This is one of those sought after Muscle Car Classic's you wish they made more of , as so few exist. Chevrolet year-end production for 1962 was 1,424,000 total vehicles but, only (approx.) 166,000 Chevy Bel Air's were built (excluding Station Wagons). The only printed proven stats for 1962 have Chevrolet building 15,019 cars with the famous 409 cubic inch engine installed.
Generally if you wanted the super light body for racing you chose the bare bones Biscayne 2 dr. body-style. If you wanted 'frills' you ordered the Mid-Priced version which was like this, the Bel Air Model. That body offered all the Biscayne features plus extra quality interior components like full foam front & rear seats, color keyed carpet, luggage compartment mat and a different steering wheel hub. Stock Interiors were actually higher grade Cloth and Vinyl combinations. While the Impala got the full-vinyl seat covering and SS Bucket Seats for the first time. The Bel Air body carried full length stainless moldings and the Bel Air script on the fenders. They also carried a bright metal rain gutter cap. Four tail lights were seen at the rear with a bright metal molding which added a distinctive touch to the rear clip.
The other option for bodystyles would have been the BelAir Sport Coupe, which became known as "the Bubbletop". Due to the weight difference and aerodynamic's it is now prefered by collector's over the more expensive 'Convertible Top-Style' (more sculptured) Impala Model. Engines varied from a Six cylinder 235 cubic inch to 327/250 hp 2v V8, to 327/300 4v V8 to the base 409/380hp 4v 11:01-1 Compression, to the coveted 409/409hp, 420lbs torque & Solid lifters. By 1963, the 409 'ponies' rose to 425hp. Let's not be remiss by forgetting the Special 427/version of the 407 with 430hp.(Z-11 race engine). These are ultra rare and can only be found only in places like Severville, TN at 'Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum'.
This Bel Air 2 Door Sedan is a older frame-off restoration Dreamcar Tribute with upgraded "X" Code 409/425hp Dual 4v carbs with Dual Snorkel Air-Cleaner, and optional 4-speed Synchro Gearbox. It is finished in Tuxedo Black with Custom Black Vinyl Bench Seats with Red Argent Accents. It is equipped with the original Dogdish Hubcaps, SunTach, Wider 'Smoothie' Style Wheels, Black-Wall Tires, original AM Radio. This is a NOM equipped car that has painfully been recreated to match what certainly would be a 'Barnstormer Muscle Car'. Brutally Fast and Built for a Need for Speed. The kind of car you would have seen at the Drive-In's and Race tracks, collecting lot's of ca$h in street races. Checking the competition in the Market, we see these Bel Air's priced from $73,000 in Canada for the 409 version down to $28,495 with a small block motor. Most had automatic tranmissions, not a 4-speed. The Paint on this car is Award winning, the Mechanical is stunning and the Interior awe-inspiring. No one will know it's not matching numbers when all they see, is your O O tail lights O O in their smoke-filled, tear laden eyes.
Priced to sell at $45,750