- 409 cubic inch Chevrolet V8
- Flowmaster mufflers
- Borg Warner 4-speed manual transmission
- Power steering
- 15-inch painted steel wheels
- Tuxedo Black paint
- Aqua interior
In 1962 the Beach Boys paid tribute to a legendary Chevrolet powerplant when they released the song “409”. During “409” they talk about taking her to the track where she really shines and always turns in the fastest times. This 1962 Bel Air 'bubble top' could have easily been the car the Beach Boys were referencing. Completely restored, equipped with a 409 horsepower/409 cubic inch big block and sporting an Aqua bench seat interior, this Chevy is ready to start winning awards!
This gorgeous full-size is the beneficiary of a professional restoration that stands today as a pristine example of how incredible a 60s-era Chevy can be. Before we get too far into the car's description, let's decode the VIN.
* 2: 1962 model year
* 15: Bel Air
* 37: 2-door sport coupe (bubble top)
* J: Built in Janesville, Wisconsin
* XXXXXX: Production sequence number
The 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air bubble top was carried over from 1961 even as other full-sized Chevrolets migrated to the convertible-look roof profile. The bubble top Chevy's lighter weight and superior aerodynamics made it a favorite with drag racers who already knew the 409's vast potential. Assembled during the fourth week of October, 1962, this sinister-looking Bel Air bubble top 4-speed has been professionally repainted. Its Tuxedo Black paint complemented with matching station wagon steel wheels, Firehawk blackwall tires and an Aqua bench seat interior. Evocative details abound, from its highly detailed engine compartment and undercarriage to a column-mounted tachometer and below-dash auxiliary gauges.
By the late 50s, the rise of the pushrod V8 in production passenger cars made one thing abundantly clear: cubic inches ruled. It was natural then that the factories responded to each other's escalating performance with that very recipe. And at the dawn of the 60s, Chevrolet laid down a historic marker with their big block W-head design. Originally displacing 348 cubic inches, the mill grew to 409 cubic inches in 1961, establishing the archetypal muscle car as one with big block power and, more importantly, creating an American pop culture legend immortalized by the Beach Boys in their hit song “409”. This 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air embodies that legend at its most potent: an improved block casting, larger valves, a higher compression ratio, a solid lifter cam and dual Carter AFB 4-barrels that combine to produce a magical 409 horsepower. The car's engine compartment immediately shines thanks in part to silver valve covers and a Satin Black air cleaner. On both sides of the aforementioned carburetors are correct orange cylinder heads. And overall, the detailing involved in this bubble top's restoration is absolutely excellent.
Put this Chevy on a lift and you'll see a Satin Black frame that's complemented by Satin Black floorpans. The beefy 409 spins power to a correct rear end thanks to a tough Borg Warner 4-speed. Spent gasses travel down factory manifolds and exit out dual-chamber Flowmaster mufflers to create a nice, vintage rumble. Familiar drum brakes, which can be found at all four corners, are responsible for dampening the massive power. Turns come courtesy of fresh power steering. And, at the corners of the chassis, Firehawk Indy 500 blackwalls circle stainless, Chevrolet-stamped hub caps.
Open the doors and you'll reveal a striking Aqua interior that impresses just as much as the rest of the vehicle. Naturally, the pigment is extremely vibrant and, in the middle of that pigment, thick bench seats are in excellent shape and show little to no signs of wear. In front of those seats, an Aqua dash hangs small accessory gauges and a stainless tissue box beneath factory telemetry and gorgeous chrome trim. At the base of that dash, like-new carpet frames a small chrome shifter. At the sides of that carpet, 2-tone door panels hang bright handles and pliable armrests between pristine stainless trim and dent-free Fisher sills. In front of the driver, an Aqua steering wheel spins chrome-trimmed spokes around a beefy, 7,000 RPM tachometer. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk hides crisp mats and a full-size tire beneath fresh decklid decals.
This 1962 Bel Air bubble top impresses every chance it gets. The car's body is close to flawless. The powerful big block is more than capable of sitting you back in your seat. And the Aqua interior is simply stunning. If you're in the market for a cool, full-size Chevy, you won't find another example as nice as this one. Don't miss your chance to own this sinister Bel Air!
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