Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another stash of Chevy muscle cars out there anywhere, a video pops up of a private hoard of cars, most of which are powered by a 409 Chevrolet engine. In this case, the hoard is reportedly in Oklahoma and the owner has some very specific adorations including several classic and muscle cars with three pedals.
The video comes to us by way of Patrick Glenn Nichols of Musclecar Barn Finds. Apparently, he has found the coveted “Barn Inspector” badge that we’ve all wished existed and spends his time on YouTube showing us all the fruits of his labors.
In his latest video, he scours through the unlit storage facility of a collector’s stash somewhere in Oklahoma. We’re greeted with several fine examples of cool Chevy cars and trucks that are seasoned with a fine layer of dust. We’re typically not fans of the magical “barn dust” value, but it does help validate that these cars have been here for some time and the situation doesn’t seem staged. Even so, we have a hard time keeping a die-cast car in a box, so dust likely wouldn’t be an issue if it were our barn. But, it’s not and the owner can enjoy his collection any way he sees fit. We’re still slightly envious though, if we’re honest.
A Stash Of 409 Chevrolet Cars
It’s no secret that we’ve got a soft spot for Chevy’s unique “W-engines” and there are plenty of examples in this stash of 409 Chevys. After a short introduction to the 1972 Chevy Cheyenne Super pickup, the 409-powered 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air comes into view. Supposedly an unrestored car, there’s our first taste of 409 goodness. The first year for the larger W-engine, this one has the single four-barrel carb and we assume would be the 360-horsepower variant.
From there, Patrick shows us a 1962 Bel Air with its 409 engine. Again, another floor-shift model and this one has two carbs resting under that dual-snorkel air filter assembly! Putting out as many ponies as it had cubes, this engine would definitely make for a fun ride.
From there we take a tour of the back row in this barn find video. While not front and center, these could be considered the capstone of the collection. Showing the collector’s scope of interests, there is an early ‘70s Chevelle and a Nova in the lineup. Sadly, both are dismissed due to lacking big-blocks.
From there we stroll to the only Impala in the bunch, a once small-block car that has had its engine swapped for a big-block, and then the two remaining 409 cars. There’s a ’64 Bel Air 409 wearing a single carb, and last but not least, a 425-horsepower, 409-powered ’63 Bel Air.
The 1968 Camaro SS Steals The Show
While we’d welcome any of the cars shown in this video, if you look at the “most replayed” sections of the video, you can see that the 1968 Chevy Camaro SS steals the show. Of course, this is no ordinary Camaro, with its RPO L78, 396 cubic-inch engine. Originally rated at 425 horsepower, the official rating dropped to “only” 375 without any changes to the engine’s build sheet.
A quick look inside shows a four-speed and air conditioning. Regrettably, we never get a peek under that louvered SS-396 hood to see the engine in question. Of course, in keeping with such prestigious company, we have no doubt what resides under the hood.
As Patrick concludes the video, he asks if anyone else out there knows of any other cars languishing in barns somewhere. Obviously, we’d love to see them get a little touch of the light of day, but we also understand why folks might be hesitant to overshare their collections. I guess that’s why there will always be a steady flow of rare muscle cars and such filtering their way out into the open. Until then, we’ll just savor the dust-riddled examples we already have.