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AJ's Car of the Day 1960 Chevrolet Biscayne

Car: Chevrolet Biscayne 2-door Sedan

Year: 1960

What makes it special: The Biscayne was the least expensive model in the Chevrolet full-size car range. The intentional lack of most exterior and fancy interior trimmings remained through the life of the series. Biscayne's were produced primarily for the fleet market, though they were also available to the general public,  particularly to those who wanted low-cost, no-frills transportation with the convenience, room and power of a full-size automobile.

What made it famous: Biscayne's were easily identified by the use of two taillights per side. The Biscayne was not fitted with a lot of exterior chrome trim and was normally fitted with small hubcaps, although several exterior trim pieces and upgraded wheel covers were available at extra cost. Interior trim was spartan, with lower-grade cloth and vinyl or all-vinyl upholstery trim, a standard steering wheel with center horn button, and rubber floor mats.

Why I would want one: I like that it's plain. Makes it a great street rod candidate. And, the Biscayne was available with Chevrolet's largest V8's. That makes it a highly desirable sleeper.

Fun fact: Customers could purchase a Biscayne with any of Chevrolet's high-output Big-Block V8 engines and performance-oriented transmissions, including floor-mounted, Hurst Shifted 4-speed manual transmissions and low-ratio final drive. Original production numbers of cars built this way were very low, and examples of these high-performance cars are highly sought after by collectors today.

( 1960 Chevrolet Biscayne photo from staticflickr.com )

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