FEATURE: 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409

This 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air packs the famous 409 V8 engine.One of the hottest tunes on the radio in 1962 was a little ditty by a group of surf-loving teens who extolled excitement over something called a “4-0-9.” The Beach Boys weren’t the only ones focused on that Chevy engine.

Bill Collopy owns this 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Bill Collopy

“My brother-in-law had a new ’62 409 when I was in high school,” said Arlington Heights resident Bill Collopy.

“He used to drop off my girlfriend — now my wife — to see me. As he drove off he’d pull a tremendous holeshot! That’s when I told myself, one day I’d have a ’62 409!

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This classic 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air has the famed '409' V8 underhood.This classic 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air has the famed '409' V8 underhood.

The famed ‘409’ engine lurks under the hood of this classic Chevrolet. The red interior is all business.


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