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Chevrolet Bel Air 409 - 1962
In the middle of the 1961 model year a new 409-cu.-in. V8 engine became an optional offering for all fullsized chevrolets. To accommodate this powerful engine, the model of choice for drag racers was bel airs sports coupe. One of these cars clocked a blistering 12.83 seconds for the quarter mile from a standing start
Engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8
displacement 409 cu. In. (6.7 l) power rating 409 hp
transmission 3-speed manual; 3-speed automatic optional
chassis: Independent front suspension by coil springs and wishbones, rear suspension by semielliptic leaf springs; Disc brakes; 3,445 lbs..
price (est): $3,152
Cheaper and lighter
impala was chevys most popular series, but bel air had the advantage of being cheaper and for higher speed 100 lbs. Lighter. In addition to the bel air coupe in 1962, there were two sedans and two station wagons. The standard engines
for the series were a 235.5-cu.-in. Six-cylinder and a 238-cu.-in. V8.
one horse per cubic inch
the 409-cu.-in. Engine had such improvements as aluminum pistons, stronger valve springs, a higher-lift camshaft and a compression ratio raised to 11:25.1. Other features included an aluminum manifold with a four-barrel carter afb carburetor on top for the 380hp version. The 409hp version (one hp for each cu. In.) had twin carbs and a special lightweight valvetrain. A total of 15,019 409 engines were used in 1962 chevys.
The 1962 chevy bel air became aperformance car when the sports coupe or two-door sedan was equipped with a 409-cu;-in. V8 engine.
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