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Pick of the Day: 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne, bright-orange resto-mod

The full-size Chevy was transformed from budget model to a sporty custom car

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During the 1950s and ’60s, a few Chevrolet vehicles took on model names that evoked coastal, beach vibes.  Among them were the Bel Air, the Malibu (both California destinations) and the Biscayne, named after Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida.  Maybe Chevrolet was hinting at some summertime vacation ideas.

The Pick of the Day is a restored and customized 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne two-door sedan advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Riverside, Connecticut.  This Biscayne is described as an “all-in-all beautiful car,” offering rust-free floors, trunk panels and underpinnings in addition to a list of performance upgrades and modern interior amenities.

biscayne, Pick of the Day: 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne, bright-orange resto-mod, ClassicCars.com Journal

When the Biscayne debuted for model year 1958, it was positioned as an inexpensive full-size car as compared with the upmarket Impala.  Its lower price tag was made possible thanks to the omission of certain features; power windows, for example, were not available on this model.  

At a time when chrome trim was all the rage, the Biscayne had slightly less brightwork than its siblings, and one tell-tale identifying feature was the car’s two taillights per side, as opposed to other models’ three.  Because of its price positioning, the Biscayne became popular for high-volume fleet sales.

biscayne, Pick of the Day: 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne, bright-orange resto-mod, ClassicCars.com Journal

A complete model revision was rolled out beginning in 1961 with changes to aesthetics and drivetrain options. This two-door example is described by the seller as a California car up until two years ago, with documentation available supporting that history.  The orange-and-black exterior is said to be “8/10 quality,” with a “couple of chips here and there” on certain surfaces.

Instead of being powered by one of the six engines offered when the Biscayne was new, this modified example boasts a replacement 350cid crate V8 mated to a three-speed Turbo 350 automatic transmission, actuated via a tall shift lever.  Among the upgrades are an Edelbrock carburetor, electronic ignition, ceramic-coated headers and an aluminum radiator.  A two-minute walkaround video that accompanies the listing gives an inside-and-out view of the car in addition to an audio soundtrack of the car at idle. 

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The Biscayne sporting the 20-inch wheels

The only question remaining is which wheels to opt for, as the seller is offering either 15-inch Cragar SS wheels or 20-inch Billet Specialties wheels, both of which are shown in the photo gallery. 

The seller is asking $32,500 for this turn-key classic, which would probably make the drive to Biscayne Bay and back without skipping a beat.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Is there a 68 Ford Torino GT – Two door – Four on da Floor – Bucket seats – Vinyl Top …anywhere where out there??

  2. Looking for 1968 Chevelle Malibu 327/300 hp, posi-traction, Tripoli Turquoise bought in ’68 for $3,305. Worst decision I ever made to trade it off, dumb kid mistake.

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