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Chevy 409
27-SEP-2004 Karl R. Josker

Chevy 409

There probably isn't a more famous engine than the 409, thanks to the Beach Boys. The 409 was first available late in the 1961 model year, and it really took off in the 62 and 63 model years. As great as it was, Chevy knew that it wasn't the engine to carry them to victory in the street wars. The 396 didn't arrive until mid 1965, and the 409 held on until then. But for four shining years, this was the engine that had the mystique, the cachet; it was real fine, that four-speed, dual-quad, positraction, four-oh-nine.


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jose delao 30-May-2008 22:48
I remember the first time I ever laid eyes on a 409 chevy my brother javier delao had just bought a used 1963 impala hard top 409 340 hp we both were amased at the power the car had it was a power glide automatic,if you slamed on the gas from a standing point the car would just stand their smoking the tires one had to let off a little on the gas other wise the car would just stay their smoking the tires,we both didnt know any thing about 409s back then, my brother sold the impala in 1988 an he passed away in 2003,I am 49 know and have a 1963 409 that I cloned in rememberance to my brother and those days.
Greg Oakley 20-Jul-2006 01:45
Karl, I googled "Chevy 409" and came upon your wonderful gallery. My Dad had a '63 409 Impala SS. I was 13 at the time. He had the good sense to trade it in just before I turned 16. Still, I turned out to be a street racer. I, too, was married in 1969 to my high school sweetheart. We have grown up (me, sort of)together. You have inspired me to create a photo tribute to her. The same things turn me on 37 years later; my wife and V8s. The license plate on my '99 SS Camaro reads NVRGRUP. Thanks for sharing the things you love.