1962 CHEVY BEL AIR BUBBLE TOP, PRO BUILT 409, TRIBUTE

VIN:                 21637l177521

MILES:           XX,XXX

PRICE:  $41,900

 

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:

 “She’s real fine …. my 409”

 CAR HISTORY:  Assembled in Los Angeles this 1962 Bel Air originally was powered with a 283CI V8 and a Powerglide transmission.  It apparently spent most of its life in the dry Western States as the body is in remarkable sound condition for a 47 year old car.  It ended up at an Illinois Chevrolet Dealership where a partial restoration was completed painting it in the original Roman Red color.  The current owner purchased this car in 2002 and proceeded to take it to the next level.  It went to a well known local restoration shop and they spent the next few years addressing any issues.  There are over $30,000 in receipts for the work that was done to make this the very special car that it is.

 ENGINE:

§      Pro-Built 409/409 (Chuck Noonan, ARCA engine builder)

§      Designed for High RPM Drag Racing (See Build Sheet)

§      Align Bore “W” Block & Deck .010”

§      Magnaflux & Polish Crankshaft

§      Balance All Engine Components

§      Glassbead Heads

§      Exhaust Seats

§      Intake/Exhaust Valves

§      Valve Springs

§      Main/Rod/Cam Bearings

§      Wrist Pins

§      ARP Head Bolts

§      Chrome Moly Piston Rings & Connecting Rods

§      Special Order Pistons

§      Lightened Flywheel

§      Crane Race Cam

 SUSPENSION/CHASSIS:

§      Upper/Lower/Rear Control Arm Bushings

§      Sway Bar Bushings & End Links

§      Ball Joints

§      Front/Rear Shocks

§      Steering Box

§      BFG Radial T/A Tires

§      Alignment

§      4-Speed Steering Column

§      U-Joints

 BRAKES:

§      Front Disc Brake Conversion

§      Power Brakes

§      Dual Master Cylinders & Lines

§      Rear Wheel Brake Cylinders & Lines

§      Emergency Brake Cable

 IGNITION:

§      Pertronix Electronic Ignition

 INTERIOR:

§      Seat Belts

§      Sun Tachometer

§      Autometer Oil Pressure, Voltage & Water Temp Gauges

§      Headliner/Visors

§      Seating Surfaces

§      Carpeting

§      Window/Door/Body Seals

§      Front/Rear Arm Rests

§      Door/Kick/Quarter Panels & Trim

 COOLING SYSTEM:

§      Upper/Lower Radiator Hoses

§      Thermostat

§      Water Pump

 EXHAUST:

§      Doug’s Ceramix Headers

§      Flowmax Mufflers

§      2.25” Pipes

 FUEL SYSTEM:

§      Gas Tank & Sending Unit

§      Two Carter 500 CFM 4-Barrel Carburetors

§      Fuel Filter

 REAR END:

§      4.11:1 Ring/Pinion

§      New Bearings

§      3 Series Carrier & Case

 TRANSMISSION:

§      Muncie M-21 4-Speed

§      CenterForce Clutch Kit

 He took care of everything and anything the car needed to be in top condition mechanically and cosmetically.  He modeled it after RPO 587 which was the “stripper” Bel Air hardtop race car, with no radio, heater, or power anything, propelled by a 409!

 He has only driven it about 500 miles since it was completed, but his business now demands more of his time/effort so his baby has to go.  It has been serviced regularly since the restoration and is ready to hop in and drive away (burning rubber all the way)!!  

MARQUE HISTORY:  The Bel Air Hardtop Sport Coupe (Bubble Top) was the least expensive car in Chevy’s lineup for 1962.  Chevy had just introduced the 409CI/409HP engine which was only available in their full-size line.  Many of these high performance engines went into Impalas, but the hardcore racers opted for the stripper Bel Air hardtop which was lighter and cheaper than Impalas, and when equipped with the 409 ruled at the bracket races. 

 INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE: 

Carpet Matching Floor Mats

Restoration Receipts

Two Sets Extra Key Blanks

Set of Four Original Condition “Dog Dish” Hubcaps

Very Nice Custom Car Cover

Box of Misc. Spare Parts

 VIN (21637L177521) DECODED:

2 = 1962

16 = Bel Air V8

37 = 2-Dr Sport Coupe (Bubble Top)

L = Los Angeles Assembly Plant

177521 = Serial Number

 DATA PLATE DECODED:

Build Date = 3A = 1st Week of March

Style = 62-1637 = 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air V8 2-Door Sport Coupe

Trim = 872 = Red Cloth/Vinyl Bel Air Bench Seat

ACC = 14 EZI = Powerglide ??, Tinted Glass ??

Body = VN 831 = Los Angeles , 831 Unit Number

Paint = 923 = Roman Red

 VALUE GUIDES:  NADA Price Guide (Average Retail) $163,700; Black Book CPI Value Guide (Near Perfect Condition) $149,600; Sports Car Market Price Guide (Nice But Not Perfect) $220,000 to $240,000.  You can own this wonderful example for much less.  Do not hesitate; this one will not be available for long.       

 More photos available: http://www.snooksdreamcars.com/1962_chevrolet_bel_air_bubbletop-photos.htm

 Call Jeff at 419-344-0319 ( Mobile ) or 419-353-8338 (Office) or email me jsnook@wcnet.org for more information or if you have any questions.

 

 VEHICLE CONDITION: 

 We do a complete 100 point mechanical and cosmetic inspection to each vehicle before listing it for sale.  There are always items that do not show up in photos that need to be mentioned so the new owner has no surprises.  A copy of this inspection is available by fax.

 You can bid with confidence knowing we have disclosed everything we have found wrong with the vehicle.  Some people say I am too fussy, but we do the same type of inspection on vehicles we are purchasing for our Museum collection.  I feel it is only fair the buyer knows everything that is not perfect with the vehicle.

 I feel so confident in our condition description that if you are not happy with the vehicle (or feel we have misrepresented it) when you come to pick it up we will refund your money.  Once it leaves our property however, this refund offer is withdrawn.

 EXTERIOR:  The exterior was repainted in 2002.  It is very nice and shiny in the striking Roman Red original paint color.  If you get closer than five feet away you can notice some orange peel along the sides.  The door fits are not perfect, but the hood and deck gaps are good.  A very presentable car!

 INTERIOR:  The interior is all new and looks very nice in the multi-colored original red color scheme.  Everything was done to original Bel Air specifications with purchases from Phil Reed and CARS.

 CHROME/TRIM:  The chrome bumpers are nice and likely original with just a few light scratches and some fading.  The aluminum and stainless trim is original with a few little dents, scratches, and discoloration.  The rest of the chrome is in very nice condition.

 WHEELS/TIRES:  The 15” steel wheels are painted body color and are in very nice condition.  There is a set of original “dog dish” hubcaps that have never been installed on the car as the owner did not want to scratch the nicely painted wheels.  The BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires are dated 2002 and look new with only 500 miles.  The rears are P275/60R15s and the fronts are P215/70R15.  Wider wheels/tires in the rear for more traction!

 GAUGES/INSTRUMENTS/CONTROLS:  The speedometer is not working.  The odometer has been frozen at 19,000 miles for quite some time now.  The aftermarket Autometer Oil Pressure, Voltage & Water Temp Gauges all work fine.  The original fuel gauge works.  The wipers are good, but the washers are inoperable. 

 DRIVE TRAIN:  The Pro-Built 409/409 V8 is a hoot to drive.  It starts easily with the manual choke, idles with a nice lumpy sound, and it pulls like a champ through the Muncie M-21 4-speed.  It goes down the road fine with no unusual vibrations or noises, just lots of power!

 BRAKES:  The upgraded front disc brakes are just what the car needs to bring it to a safe stop from the high speeds this car is capable of attaining.  No pulling or other issues with the completely new brake system and added power brakes.  The handle has broken off the emergency brake release rod, although it still operates.

 STEERING:  With a rebuilt steering box, new ball joints and bushings, the steering is nice and tight.

 LIGHTS: All exterior lights operate as expected.  The interior courtesy lights are inoperable.

 TRUNK: The trunk is nice and solid and looks great with the original style mats.  The jack and spare tire are included.  There is just a little surface rust under the mats.  

UNDERNEATH: The underneath is nicely detailed.  No rust and hardly any dirt.  Slight leaks from the rear main seal and pinion seal.

 UNDERHOOD:  The engine compartment is spectacular.  Everything is nice and tidy and showing off the performance equipment.

 I have been driving this on and off for about a week.  What an exciting ride!  You just want to put your foot into it and hear the exhaust blast you away.  Even without power steering it is not too terrible to drive on a regular basis.  This is one very nice tribute to an era of fast and powerful domestic cars!!

 

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