Now here’s a true sleeper. On the outside it’s a base model full-size 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne – a rather basic entry model in the Chevy line up. What makes it really special is that is was ordered new with a 409 cubic inch V8 from the factory.
The only real clue that something very special is going on here is the small 409 badge on the front fender.
Biscaynes were identified by a name script on the rear fender. Also, at the rear, the Biscayne and Bel Air both had twin rear lights whereas the Impala had triple lights each side.
There’s no real luxuries here – the original buyer didn’t even opt for a radio but the interior of the Biscayne is beautiful despite it being quite basic. It’s brought to life with carpeting which is quite common to see in cars now that would have just come originally with very basic rubber matting.
The original buyer of this car didn’t even want a radio, cigarette lighter or heater!
Under the hood is where the real magic of this car is… a 409 cubic inch V8 that outputs 409 horsepower.
The original price of a Biscayne 2-door sedan was $2,324. The 409 V8 and 4-speed manual transmission that this car was ordered with would have come in at an extra $672 – you can see that’s quite a significant amount of extra money to pay. Without any other options you can see what the original owner probably bought this car for!