1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Series

The Bel Air was Chevrolet's line-leading full-size passenger offering from its introduction in 1950.

The 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air came equipped with either a six- or eight-cylinder engine. Standard equipment included a heater and defroster, dual sun visors, crank-operated ventipanes, direction signals, front door armrests, ashtray, coat hooks, color-keyed vinyl-coated rubber floor coverings, parallel action windshield wipers, and foam seats. Other features included foam backed luggage compartment mat, specific steering wheel hub, and color-keyed carpeting. The Bel Air script could be found on the rear fenders. In the back were four taillights, arranged two on each side.

Body styles included a 2- and 4-door sedan, hardtop sport coupe, and a station wagon (with seating for either 6 or 9 passengers).

On December 17th of 1960, the new RPO 580 409 engine was introduced alongside the new Super Sport appearance option. In January of 1961, production of the SS package and 409 motor followed, with several of the early 409s intended for NASCAR teams. Drag racers had to wait until after the Daytona 500 was run before they received the new engine. Among Chevrolet's top drag racers of the time included Dave Strickler, Bill Jenkins, and Dyno Don Nicholson. The 409 was so successful and legendary, that even the Beach Boy's wore a hit song about it in 1962.
The subtle crossed flags 409 badges on the front fenders warned everyone that it was Chevrolet's meanest machine for 1962. The double taillight lenses in the back reminded them it was a Bel Air. Chevrolet would build two million vehicles for 1962, and of those 1.4 million were full-size models. Bel Airs retained the 'bubble top' roofs of the 1961 models while the Impala coupes had new sculpted roof styling simulating a convertible roof.

Period advertisements stated 'Rich new styling with a jet-smooth ride!' The 409 was the final development of Chevrolet's 348-cid V-8 and would be offered through the 1964 model year.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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From 1950 through 1952 Chevrolet hardtops in the Deluxe model line were dubbed the Bel Air. It took a few more years before it would become its own distinct series. In 1953, the Bel Air became its own model and was applied to Chevrolets top-of-the-line model range. By 1955, the cars were offered with an optional V8 engine which greatly improved the cars performance. In 1953 Chevrolet had....
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1962 Vehicle Profiles

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Series vehicle information

Series 1600 Station Wagon

The 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air was available as a 2- or 4-door passenger car or as a 6-passenger station wagon. They came equipped with a small hubcaps, heater and defroster, dual sun visors, ashtray, coat hooks, color-keyed vinyl-coated rubber floor cov....[continue reading]

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Series vehicle information

Series 1500 Hardtop Sport Coupe

Strip or Street, the 409 was '62's Number-One Hit
The 1962 Bel Air Sport Coupe is a unique Chevrolet, for a number of reasons. It was the last of the hardtop Bel Airs. It retained the roofline of the '61 'bubbletop' Impala while other GM ....[continue reading]

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Series vehicle information

Series 1600 HardTop Sport Coupe

When you pair a 409/409 Chevy motor with the likes of Bill 'Grumpy' Jenkins and Dave Stickler, you get a combination that could only lead to victory.....[continue reading]

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Series vehicle information

Series 1600 HardTop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 21637A138203

Chevrolet changed the 348 CI W-Head V-8 for a 409 CI unit for 1961. It featured a dual plane aluminum intake manifold with two inline Carter AFB 4-barrel carburetors. This was matched to raised-port cylinder heads with larger valves, higher compressi....[continue reading]

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Series vehicle information

Series 1600 HardTop Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 21637A153772

The Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe has double taillight lenses and the subtle crossed flags 409 badges on the front fenders. These signs indicate this is a very rare vehicle. Chevrolet produced two million vehicles in 1962 and 1.4 million of those were fu....[continue reading]

Series 1600 Station Wagon
 
Series 1500 Hardtop Sport Coupe
 
Series 1600 HardTop Sport Coupe
 
Series 1600 HardTop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 21637A138203 
Series 1600 HardTop Sport Coupe
Chassis #: 21637A153772 

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