It may have started out as an updated 348-inch truck engine, but it ended up as the CHEVY 409: BIG-BLOCK LEGEND! Two years before the Supercar hype and big-engined midsize cars, full-size ’62 Chevys, powered by 409-inch versions of the 348 W-Series passenger car and truck engine, carried the Musclecar banner for Chevrolet. While the engine first surfaced in the 1961model year, it was a late arrival. Just 142 Chevys with RPO-580 360-horsepower, single-four-barrel (Carter AFB) and solid-lifter-ca...Read More
RPO Z11: CHEVY 427 LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
By checking off RPO Z11 on a 1963 Chevrolet new car order form, you could buy a factory-built racecar. Only 57 people made that choice before GM pulled the plug. Hemmings’ Mike McNessor writes about the rare RPO Z11: CHEVY 427 LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT. She’s so fine my… 427? Clearly not 1960s radio gold. But among Chevrolet W-engine enthusiasts, more poetic words were never written. The 427-cubic-inch Mark I big block was part of the factory-lightweight 1963 Z-11 package built to win rounds in quarter...Read More
CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE OF AMERICA: WORLD CLASS CARS!
From grounds of the historic home of Matilda Dodge Wilson to the fairways at The Inn at St. John’s, once a year special cars are the stars. There is nothing staid about the Concours d’Elegance of America, now in it’s 39th year. The groupings of exhibitors change to reflect new interests each year, but the cars at the exhibition never cease to amaze. There are events, dinners and drives before the show, but the majority of the action takes place at the Inn at St. John’s, above, on Saturday and S...Read More