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Reggie Jackson's 1962 Chevy Impala 409

There's nothing that brings back memories of the early 60's muscle cars than a 409 Chevy. Reggie Jackson's 1962 Impala 409 4-speed is a great example.

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About Reggie Jackson and his 1962 409 Chevy

Beginning with the Olds-powered Ford he bought in highschool before he could legally drive, Reggie Jackson has been a devout Car Guy who, since leaving baseball, has become one of the highest-profile, most knowledgeable collectors in the country.

For more than forty years his garage has been home to a legion of muscle cars, Corvettes, hot rods and other exotica, all superb examples of their type.

So it's not surprising that Reggie would consider a 1962 49 as part of his collection - in fact he has two, a coupe to pair with this convertible.

About the 1962 Chevrolet 409

The 409 version of what was called the "W" series V-8 replaced the 348 CID version and was Chevrolet's top regular production engine from 1961 to 1965. It was available with a choice of single or dual four-barrel carburetors. To reach the new displaement, bore and stroke were increased to 4.312" x 3.50".

The 409 was announced on December 17, 1960 for 1961 Chevrolets, along with the new Impala SS (Super Sport) model. This first version produced 360 HP, with a single four-barrel Carter AFB carburetor and was upped to 380 HP in 1962. In that same year, a 409 HP dual 4-barrel carburetor version was released developing 409 HP. This version included an aluminum intake manifold and two Carter AFB carburetors. It had a forged steel crankshaft. In the 1963 model year, output was increased to 425 HP.

The 1962 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe featured a "convertible roof" styling, that proved extremely popular. Impalas featured premium interior appointments, plusher seats as well as lap seat belts. More chrome trim was added outside, including a full-width aluminum-and-chrome panel to house the triple-unit taillight assembly. Super Sport (SS) models featured that panel in a special engine-turned aluminum, which was also used to fill the side moldings, making the SS more distinctive in appearance.

1962 Chevy 409 Ad

A 1962 Chevrolet 409 Ad touting the power of the new offering.

The 1962 409 was at the Classic Industries/OER booth to tout some of their new offerings, where No Limits visited to learn about the many new and exciting products for those of us restoring our cars. One in particular that stood out was OER's reproduction grill for the classic 1958 Chevy. This one year only car is becoming more popular with enthusiasts and finding parts - especially the huge one piece grill that was a daunting task. OER has solved this problem with a beautiful result.

The grille fits the Bel Air, Biscayne, Del Ray, Nomad, and Brookwood trim levels. Each stamped aluminum grill has been meticulously manufactured to factory specifications in aluminum for an original correct fit. it also features accurate black painted accents for a true authentic appearance.

To learne more about the 1958 Chevrolet grille, click HERE.

Click HERE to learn about OER's Products!


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