Anyone could order a 409 Impala in 1962; just 18 racers ordered the purpose-built lightweight version. It's in original condition and fully documented.
Chevy introduced its W-series cast-iron engine family in 1958 as a performance step-up over the popular 283-inch small-block V-8. The first “W” was a 348-inch powerplant that could be fitted with Tri-Power, rated at 315 horsepower. On December 17, 1960, Chevy announced it was enlarging the 348 engine to 409 cubic inches and would offer the new V-8 in single and multi-carb induction in its full-size ‘61 Impala Super Sport (SS). Don Nicholson won Stock Eliminator at the 1961 NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, CA behind the wheel of a 409-powered Impala SS. Twelve stock car victories that year added to the car’s reputation.
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