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Posted by Stephanie Graham on 4/29/2013 to General
It's giddy up time folks! We're not talking horses; we're talking horsepower! See
if you can fill in the blanks to this popular Beach Boys' song about a famous Chevy!
(Answers are at the bottom; no cheating, though!)
That's right, the Chevy 409!
Named for its 409 cubic inches, the 409 was an engine built for high performance. This baby could achieve speeds of up to 115 mph and could accelerate from 0-60 in 4 seconds flat. This masterpiece of an engine was available from '58 to '65, and came in one of three different series: the Biscayne, the Bel Air, or the Impala. Yet the 409 found its true home in the coveted Super Sport package which was only available in the sport coupe or convertible models of the Impala in '62.
Not only was the 409 prowling down the streets, it was revving up on the racecourse. The 409 was definitely a hit in drag racing. Surprisingly, rather than choosing the sporty Impala SS 409 coupes, most drag racers chose the slightly lighter Bel Air 409 "bubbletop" hardtops. Either of these versions could have dual four-barrel carburetors giving them a whopping, and ironic, 409 horsepower.
Many accomplished racers came to recognize the superiority of the 409 engine including Dave Strickler, Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, Ronnie Sox, Hayden Proffitt, Dan Gurney and "Dyno" Don Nicholson. In 1961, during a stock eliminator round of the U.S. Nationals, Don Nicholson's '61 409 Impala, going 109 mph, beat out Arnie Beswick's 389 Pontiac, 13.38 to 13.51.
When the 409 first hit the market you could pick one up at the suggested retail price of $376.65. Today the same engine will cost you between $5,000-$10,000! There's still a high demand, though! So high, in fact, that the 409 has recently been reissued in aluminum casting. A whole new generation will be singing along with the Beach Boys, "She's real fine my 409."
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