AJ's Car of the Day 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne 409 V8

Car: Chevrolet Biscayne ( 409 V8 )

Year: 1963

What makes it special: The 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne ( in addition to the Bel Air, and Impala ), received a face-lift and saw the factory available big-block 409 from previous years continue that year. The Biscayne model meant the absence of most exterior and fancy interior trimmings, as it was the base model for the larger Chevrolet.

What made it famous:  The 409 V8  cranked out your option choice of 340, 400, or 425 horses, ( the 425 hp with dual 4-barrel carburetors, and 11:1 compression residing under its unassuming hood.) You could have it mated up to a Borg-Warner T-10 4-speed manual transmission.

Why I would want one: It has "factory hot rod" written all over it, enjoyable for its no-nonsense, bare bones, stealth-like raw street pounding fun. I've always been a fan of trading the chrome body molding and creature comforts of carpet and accessories for the ability to run a light weight, street fighter for endless good times.

Fun fact: Production of the Biscayne for the United States market ended in 1972. But, the Biscayne name continued in Canada through the 1975 model year, with a 350 V8 and Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission that became standard in 1974.

( 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne 409 V8 photo from barrett-jackson.com )