The 409 Collection from The Bryan Frank Collection – Selling with No Reserve at the 2023 Las Vegas Auction.
In 1962, Chevrolet introduced the Impala and Biscayne as distinct models with their own unique characteristics. While they shared certain similarities, several differences set them apart. The Impala held the position as the top-of-the-line model, embodying a more premium and upscale offering. On the other hand, the Biscayne was positioned as a more affordable option. This theme was present in the exterior and interior design of each vehicle, with the Impala centered around elaborate, eye-catching elements and the Biscayne with a simpler and more straightforward design.
Despite these distinctions, both the Impala and Biscayne could be equipped with one notable shared option: the 409ci engine. The 409 was available for both models, allowing customers to add a powerful and high-performance element to their chosen Chevrolet, regardless of the model trim level.
In 1962, the 409 engine underwent notable upgrades to enhance its performance. These improvements included the addition of a second 4-barrel carburetor, revised cylinder heads, and a different camshaft, resulting in a significant power boost to 409 horsepower. When paired with the BorgWarner T10 4-speed transmission and a posi-traction limited-slip differential, the 1962 Chevrolet delivered an unparalleled driving experience that surpassed anything previously offered by the division. This setup not only excelled on the drag strip but also garnered immediate respect and recognition during street races.
This collection of 409s – offered as part of six cars in the Bryan Frank Collection selling with No Reserve during the 2023 Las Vegas Auction, June 22-24 at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center – includes three examples of the 409 engine in three unique offerings from the 1962 model year: a hardtop Impala SS, a convertible Impala SS and a Biscayne.
Visit Barrett-Jackson.com to see the full collection, including a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie convertible, 1973 Pontiac Firebird custom coupe and a 1972 Jaguar XKE V12 roadster.
LOT #682 – 1962 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE – NO RESERVE
This 2-door 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne is equipped with a QB-coded 409ci engine with two 4-barrel carburetors, with 11:1 compression and a high-lift solid-lifter cam. It has a date-code-correct T10 4-speed manual transmission, with a 4.11 posi-traction date-coded rear end. THe car has had a nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration using NOS parts. It is presented in correct RPO 900 code 6M Tuxedo Black with a red interior, and has radio and heater delete. A copy of the Window Sticker and restoration documentation are included with the sale. Part of the 409 Collection from The Bryan Frank Collection.
LOT #682.1 – 1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS – NO RESERVE
This 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop. Per the Trim Tag, this is a Code 62-1847 Impala Hardtop with Code 879 red/red vinyl bucket seats, Code 940 Satin Silver paint and ACC 12H 1B. It has two engine-code-correct 409ci 4-barrel carburetors, with correct heads, intake and carburetor. The car is also equipped with a date-coded T10 4-speed manual transmission and a date-coded posi-traction rear end. This car is the recipient of a very correct nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration using NOS parts. 40,499 actual miles. Part of the 409 Collection from The Bryan Frank Collection.
LOT #683 – 1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
This 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible received a very correct nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration using NOS parts. Per the Trim Tag, the style is a Code 62-1867 Impala 2-door convertible with Code 879 red/red vinyl bucket seats. It is finished in paint Code 923 Roman Red, with ACC 12H 1B white top. The engine pad reads J133353 – T0614QB. It is a 409ci engine with two 4-barrel carburetors, correct heads, intake and carburetors. Options include the Super Sport Package, power steering, power brakes, one-piece bumpers, front and rear bumper guards and dual mirrors. 2,535 actual miles. Part of the 409 Collection from The Bryan Frank Collection.
LOT #683.1 – 1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/250 FUELIE CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
This 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible had a very correct, high-end comprehensive restoration. With an engine pad stamping of FI2I9FK, it is powered by a 283/250hp fuel-injected engine and is one of only 182 produced in 1987 with fuel injection. It features the optional Powerglide transmission with a posi-traction rear end. This car is presented in its paint Code 65 Inca Silver/Ivory (only ten 1957 Corvettes were painted in this color). It has a black convertible top, a red interior,
Title: A MIGHTY 409 COLLECTION: Celebrating the Power and Distinction of the Iconic 1962 Chevrolet
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/a-mighty-409-collection-celebrating-the-power-and-distinction-of-the-iconic-1962-chevrolet/
Published Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2023 21:51:28 +0000
Special Report: 42 photos from the 2023 Mooneyes show
Each year, on the first Sunday of December, scores of custom motorcycles and hot rods pack out the Pacifico Yokohama exhibition center, for the incomparable Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. Or, if you prefer, the Mooneyes show.
Mooneyes is a cornucopia of visual delights. Like the Japanese custom scene itself, it operates on another level, with no regard for convention. Although choppers usually dominate the floor space, myriad other styles are represented too—from café racers to flat trackers, scramblers, bobbers, and other oddities that defy definition.
Our good friends and powerhouse photography duo, Marc Holstein and Christine Gabler, have become regular visitors to the show. They’ve just wrapped up their third Mooneyes experience, and have come away as wide-eyed as they did the first time. “Experiencing the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show is always a special moment, and something I look forward to at the end of the year,” Marc tells us.
As usual, Marc and Christine came away with full hearts and even fuller memory cards. And if you’re wondering why many of their photos are devoid of any people, it’s because they bagged a coveted invitation to the Saturday setup session.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Special Report: 42 photos from the 2023 Mooneyes show
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/mooneyes-hrcs-2023
Published Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2023 21:02:37 +0000
Lime green dream: A zesty custom KTM 690 Duke by 46Works
There’s something special about Shiro Nakajima’s work, and it’s painted all over the elegant lines of this custom KTM 690 Duke. Nakajima-san’s creations show a clear affinity to vintage race bikes but look like they’d be more at home on twisty B-roads. They are brutally mechanical yet graceful; retro and modern at the same time.
Shiro’s signature style is a byproduct of his considerable experience. He trained as an engineer, before rising to prominence as the boss of the legendary Japanese restomod house, Ritmo Sereno. He operates as 46Works now, working on furniture, motorcycles, and cars from his beautiful wooden home at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains.
Most of the Shiro’s custom builds are big twins, but he has a soft spot for thumpers. “In the late 1990s, the first motorcycle I acquired was a Yamaha SR400,” he explains. “It was the heyday of race replicas—but here I was, riding around on that SR400, fully banked on the mountain passes.”
“It was popular in Japan at the time for some enthusiasts to race single-cylinder bikes. The majority raced tuned Yamaha SR and SRXes, and the Suzuki Goose also participated in later years. So a big single is not a mere object of nostalgia to me, but a sportbike.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Lime green dream: A zesty custom KTM 690 Duke by 46Works
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/ktm-690-duke-46works
Published Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2023 18:52:28 +0000
Two custom Vyatka scooters, fresh from the Butcher’s block
Butcher Garage is known for two things: they build wild custom scooters and they have zero regard for purists. It’s right there in their name.
“The etymology of the name of our workshop is quite simple,” explains Butcher Garage co-founder, Alex Mazan. “We love to cut the donor into pieces, for which the Vespa community dislikes us a little. They believe that everything must be kept original.”
Butcher Garage has several hard-hitting Vespa customs under its belt. But the custom scooters you’re looking at here are Vyatkas—Vespa clones that were built in Russia during the Soviet era. The unpainted one is a 1959-model Vyatka VP-150 (a copy of the Vespa 150 GS), while the blue one is a 1970s Vyatka Elektron.
These two custom scooters also mark a significant milestone for Butcher Garage, because they’re the last two builds to roll out of their Saint Petersburg workshop. Alex, his co-conspirators Arseniy Chekar and Vlad Zaki, their staff, and their families have all relocated to Belgrade, Serbia. Some of them made the trip by plane, but the rest trekked over 4,000 miles across Russia and through Georgia, Turkey, and Bulgaria to get there.
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Two custom Vyatka scooters, fresh from the Butcher’s block
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-vyatka-scooters-butcher-garage
Published Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023 19:43:14 +0000
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