Auburn Fall | Lot 5098

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409 "Bubbletop"



$78,100 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

5 September 2015

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  • Concours quality “nut and bolt” restoration
  • Equipped with the desirable 380-hp Turbo-Fire 409-cid V-8
  • Four-speed manual transmission
  • Bench seat, radio delete model with column-mounted tachometer
  • Former AACA 1st prize winner in 1998
  • Stunning black exterior with red interior
  • Correct factory date codes underhood

Double taillight lenses tells us this is a Bel Air, while the subtle crossed flags 409 badges on the front fenders tell us this was Chevy’s meanest machine for 1962. Of the two million Chevrolets built for 1962, 1.4 million were full-size models. Impala coupes featured new sculpted roof styling simulating a convertible roof, while Bel Airs retained the “bubble top” roofs of the 1961 models.

Ads reminded us of “Rich new styling with a jet-smooth ride!” The key to performance was the optional 380-hp 409-cid V-8 made immortal in the words of the song by the Beach Boys, “Gitty-up, Gitty-up, Gitty-up 409.” The 409 was the final development of Chevrolet’s 348-cid V-8, essentially the division’s truck engine that was rushed into passenger car duty in order to combat the escalating horsepower wars in Detroit. Chevrolet offered the 409 through the 1964 model year. In addition to the highly desirable 409-cid Turbo-Fire V-8, this seductive beauty features a 4-speed manual transmission. Highlights include radio delete and column mounted tach.

Presented in stunning Tuxedo Black over a red cloth bench seat interior along with blackwall tires on steel wheels with poverty caps, this Bel Air is all-business and ready for the drag strip. A former AACA 1st Prize Winner, this car has benefitted from a “nut and bolt”, concours quality restoration, down to the proper red oxide primer underbody. The fit and finish is spectacular with a laser straight body, excellent door gaps, and perfect paint and chrome. Under the hood features all correct hoses, clamps, plug wires, and factory date codes. Dinah Shore really could have seen the USA in a Chevrolet . . . very quickly in this spectacular period muscle car!

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