AJ's Car of the Day 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne 427 2-door sedan

Car: Chevrolet Biscayne 427 2-Door Sedan

Year: 1966

What makes it special: It's the marriage of Chevrolet's least expensive full-sized sedan with Chevrolet's most powerful engine of the time. They were bought up and raced hard by customers in pursuit of low quarter-mile E.T.'s.

What made it famous: It's L-72 427 V8, mated to a factory 4-speed manual transmission and ending with a 12-bolt Posi rear. Produced for racing, there were fewer than 200 original L-72 equipped, 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne models that rolled off the assembly line.

Why I would want one: It's the true definition of the "Wolf in Sheep's clothing." It just may be one of the most unassuming cars to look at. With the exception of it's front fender mounted badging, there is hardly any indication of what power lies beneath. A true sleeper if there ever was one. It's a lean, clean, all business factory badass.

Fun fact: Chevrolet Biscayne's are easily identified by the use of two taillights per side with the only exceptions to this being the 1959 and 1972 model years. On the minus side, most of the luxury options available on the more expensive full-sized Chevrolet models were not available on the Biscayne. But on the plus side, customers could buy a Biscayne with any of Chevrolet's high-output big-block V8's and performance-oriented transmissions, including a floor-mounted, Hurst shifted 4-speed manual transmission and low-ratio final drive.

 

(1966 Chevrolet Biscayne 427 photo from hemmings.com)