“Nothing can catch her/Nothing can touch my 409 (409, 409, 409, 409)”
How many songs were written that celebrated an engine displacement? I can’t think of any others, especially not in recent years. No odes to 5.7-liters or 2.0 turbos.
But the Beach Boys nailed it when in 1962 they sang, “She’s real fine, my 409.” Sheer poetry. It was also an anthem to the coming generations of muscle cars as the ’60s unfolded.
And here it is, the much-celebrated 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409 that serves as Pick of the Day. This is a real-deal 409 bubble-top coupe that has been fully restored, according to the Orange, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Confirming the lyrics of the song, it is indeed a “four-speed, dual-quad, posi-traction 409.”
“This is a stunning example of a correct 1962 Chevy Bel Air ‘bubble top’ 409,” the ad says. “This is a complete restoration on this correct date-coded dual-quad 409 motor and Saginaw 4-speed transmission with Hurst linkage mated to a limited slip differential with 3.36 gears.
“Dual Carter AFB carburetion, aluminum intake manifold, forged crankshaft, solid lifters and lightweight valve train.”
Chevy engineers pulled out all the stops when they designed the big-block performance engine, which cranked out 380 horsepower (conservatively estimated) in 1962 when equipped with dual carbs and other factory enhancements. This coupe also has received some additional touches, such as a performance exhaust system (although the original headers come with the car) and power front disc brakes, so you are able to stop at the next traffic light.
The Chevy looks strikingly original in the photos, from its Roman Red paint job and simple bench-seat interior to its dog dish hub caps mounted on paint-matched steel wheels. It appears to be a nicely presented period piece that the dealer calls, “a truly remarkable slice of Chevy performance history.”
The asking price of $78,500 seems fair considering the Chevy’s condition, not to mention its lofty position in automotive pop-culture history.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.