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AJ's Car of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne

Car: Chevrolet Biscayne

Year: 1964

What makes it special: It was the low budget Chevrolet, known for its absence of most exterior and fancy interior trimmings throughout the series. A few slight upgrades were made when 1964 models came standard with a deluxe steering wheel with horn ring, deep-twist carpeting and foam-cushioned front seats.

What made it famous: You could buy a Biscayne with any of Chevrolet's high-output Big Block V8 engines like the  400 hp or dual 4-barrel equipped 425 hp 409 cu in V8, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with a floor mounted Hurst shifter and low-ratio final drive.

Why I would want one: It was a blank canvas. A made to order factory hot rod. What it lacked in flash was more than made up for in raw horsepower. It's a definite sleeper.

Fun fact: Although the 1961 to 1964 second generation Biscayne is most often remembered for its potent 409 engine, most of the cars produced were family cars with boring, low-power engines.

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