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61 Chevy SS 409's

 
pateads
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Posted: 08/21/07 05:05 PM

How many 61 Chevy SS 409's were built & were they offered to the general public? If so, do you know how many were sold in Louisiana?What was their advertised horsepower? I took delivery on a '61 Impala 348-280 HP with air & 3 on the tree. I did not know they were offered to anyone other than Dyno Don Nicholson, Grumpy Bill Jenkins & other racers.  I have a bet riding on this information.  Would appreciate info from you, the experts.  

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55Guy
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Posted: 08/22/07 01:37 PM

As far as I know, the 409 didn't debut until 1962 to the public. In '61 the strognest motor you could get was the 348, with the all new 327 being next.

I'll do some more research and find out for you.  

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ups409
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Posted: 10/26/07 11:59 PM

Hi a newbie here. I have a 61 Biscayne that I have had for 31 years. It is a factory deleted car. I found the owners recently and they said they won the 1962 winternational with it and that I have confirmed. B stock. They also said it is a 409 car and thought it was the first 409 car on the west coast. For me unconfirmed but I beleive it is true. How many of these 409 cars did they put on the drag strip? The car was bought in Portland and they had to sign an agreement for Gm that it would be for racing purposes only by them and a speed shop. And how can a fellow find the difference between a fleetmaster and regualar Biscayne? Thanks Butch  

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Posted: 10/27/07 08:13 AM

A fellow graduate student at N.C. State in 1964 had a Biscayne, 2-dr sedan with the 409 and a four-speed.  Car finish had never been buffed out and was a "pedestrian green" -- quite a sleeper.  He bought the car in Michigan while an undergraduate at General Motors Institute.  He drove it for a couple of months after buying it before learning that one cylinder was not firing.  (It was a beast.)  

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BillA
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Posted: 10/31/07 09:40 AM

I am also interested in how many '61-409's were built. Back in 1962 I was nearing completion of high school and a friend had a new '61 Belair 409 bubble top red in color with two Carter AFB four barrel carbs and a four speed. At the time putting a name on your car was popular this one was "Chubby Checker Twister #1" with a pin striped tornado behind the front wheel. This car was driven on the street and raced in Super Stock B. This car was purchased in Rochester NY I think from Heinrich Chevrolet. Over the years I have been told by many people that Chevrolet did not come out with the 409 until '62 but other info I have seen shows a small number (around 60) were made in '61. Since a school mate had one I tend to believe what I have seen. Anyone able to shed some light on this mystery and confusion in dates?  I also knew three others with '62-409s. They were great machines.  

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ups409
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Posted: 10/31/07 08:52 PM

There were 142 1961 Chevrolet 409's. They were 360 hp with a single 4 b. I do not know how many were for racing ( I hear 50) and I have one and the first one in the Norhtwest. Dyno Don Nicolson as I understand had the first one on the west coast and won the 1962  winternationals and I also believe the 61's also. There are sites you can go to to verify this. Just go like "yahoo search 61 Chevrolet 409" amd you should see some articles on them. I have had mine for 31 years. Also you can go to the National dragster archives and find out more..  

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55Guy
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Posted: 11/06/07 01:57 PM

The January 2008 issue of Super Chevy has a great article about the history of the 409. In it, Doug Marion states that the motor came out in the spring of '61, so it was available late in the model run.  

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JrStk
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Posted: 01/24/09 03:13 PM

ups409, could you post a link to the archives. Im having problems finding it.
Thanks  

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