Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1962 Chevrolet Impala 409 re-creation

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1962 Chevrolet Impala 409 re-creation

When Chevrolet introduced the Super Sport package for the 1961 Impala, it ignited a battle between automakers to see who could bring people the most power.

BJ_day1_1962ChevroletImpala409Re-CreationEditors note: This is the last in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

When Chevrolet introduced the Super Sport package for the 1961 Impala, it ignited a battle between automakers to see who could bring people the most power. The SS’s 409-cid V8 was built to compete with Ford’s new 390 powerplant.

The Super Sport package included front bucket seats with a special “leather-soft” vinyl and aluminum trim, heavy duty suspension, tachometer, metallic brake linings, locking center console, and knock-off style wheel covers.

In 1962, the SS option was back for a second year and could be applied to any Impala, including those with six-cylinder engines. Buyers had the choice of either a two-door coupe, four-door hard top or a four-door wagon.

Lot No. 704 from the Robertson Collection is a 1962 Chevrolet Impala recreation. An upgraded 409 produces 409 horsepower and 425 foot pounds of torque. The engine features duel 4-barrel carbonators and has been mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.

The car has Ermine White exterior, red bench seat interior, steel wheels with hubcaps and blackwall tires.

Click here for more information on becoming a bidder at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Reno. 

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