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Announced on December 17, 1960, the new RPO 580 409 engine was introduced alongside the new Super Sport appearance option, marking an important day for Chevy fans everywhere. Production of the SS package and 409 motor followed in January 1961. Early 409s were earmarked for NASCAR teams first and drag racers were forced to wait for the new engines until after the Daytona ‘500’ was run. Top Chevy drag racers including Dave Strickler, Bill Jenkins, and Dyno Don Nicholson built their reputations with the legendary 409 and quickly, it even became a pop-culture icon as the subject of the Beach Boys’ massive 1962 hit song 409.
Fully documented from Day 1, this 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe 409 Bubbletop is a real deal car and simply one of the finest – and quite possibly the finest and most documented examples of these legendary factory-built warriors you will ever find. History is impeccable, with this 409 Bel Air’s record as the first Stock-class car to ever break 11-second quarter-mile barrier on the track. One of fewer than 200 produced, this Bel Air was delivered new on June 27, 1962, factory-equipped with a 409 cubic-inch, 409 horsepower engine with 4-speed manual transmission. All drivetrain parts of the car are original and include all matching numbers.
Purchased new from Boardman Chevrolet in 1962 by Michael Kojedki, this legendary 409 Bel Air comes with several NHRA trophies that it won during this time period. According to second owner Roger Sortino, the car won its class every single week, was raced with all factory equipment including radio and heater, and the motor was never once disassembled for blueprinting or balancing. In late 1963, Roger Sortino sold it back to original owner Mike Kojedki, who traded it a year later back to Boardman Chevrolet.
Roger then bought the car back in 1990 and owned it for several years before selling it to 409 guru and renowned early 1960s Chevy restorer Ed Pogue in 2003. Mr. Pogue is a very well-regarded restorer of 1958-1965 Chevrolets as well as a noted drag racer who claims many of this 1962 409 Bel Air’s trophies to his name. He restored the car back Coupe to its excellent condition and Roger Sortino purchased the car again. During the restoration, the 409 engine was completely rebuilt and equipped with a ‘425’ factory cam upgrade, the highest possible specification and the most desirable option. In addition, the interior was redone and remains flawless. In judged showing, the car scored 992 points at a Late Great Chevy Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.
As offered, this incredible and famous Bel Air 409 Bubbletop includes the entire ownership history over the car’s lifetime, including the original Certificate of Title, original Invoice from Boardman Chevrolet, and a letter from Chevy Corporate congratulating the original owner for their purchase of the car . Other documents include nearly every purchase order, certificate of title, insurance card, and other items, which are included and have been preserved to document the originality and history of the car.