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132469 / 1965 Chevrolet Biscayne

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Published on Oct 20, 2011

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This 1965 Chevrolet Biscayne is the textbook definition of "sleeper." We've had other cars that certainly fit the bill, but none as single-mindedly dedicated to the art of deception and speed as this one. With that unsuspecting 2-door sedan body style, a bench seat, and even whitewall tires on steel wheels, this car is so low-profile that it's practically invisible. Even sweeter, it's a factory radio and heater delete piece, so the stage was already set when the restoration began in January 2006.

Already a clean, western car, the restoration has taken it to just the right level to keep it low profile. Those massive quarter panels are so straight they look like they just popped out of the stamping press, gaps are about how the factory did it, and they got the doors to fit so well that they latch with your fingertip. The finish is two-stage urethane, so it'll look this good practically forever, and the finish is more than equal to the original "Magic Mirror" acrylic lacquer used in '65. The only tip of the hand anywhere on the car are those 396 badges, but by the time you're close enough to read them it's already too late.

The car was originally delivered with a six-cylinder engine, so matching numbers and all that nonsense is out the window anyway, and today it features a beautifully detailed 454 cranking out a conservatively estimated 500 horsepower. It is also nicely detailed with Chevy Orange paint on the block, heads, and valve covers, and a proper decal on the chrome air cleaner would be a nice addition. Most observers won't notice the upgraded intake and carburetor, and the long-tube headers are common enough that nobody will think twice when they see them.

The transmission is an indestructible Muncie M22 4-speed "rock crusher" that's shifted by a heavy-duty Centerforce clutch inside a Lakewood scatter-proof bellhousing. Denny's Driveshaft fabricated the custom aluminum driveshaft that spins a 12-bolt full of 4.10 gears on an Eaton limited slip. The suspension is 100% stock all around, with new components used throughout, including fresh shocks at all four corners. The finishing touch and perhaps the greatest pieces of stealth equipment on the entire car are those original 15-inch steel wheels with "dog dish" hubcaps wearing BFGoodrich Silvertown whitewall bias-ply tires. Pure awesome!

The spacious bench seat interior has been fully restored to stock condition in the original fawn color using correct reproduction fabrics. As I said, this is a factory radio and heater delete car, which is how it sits today, although there's a vintage tach mounted on the steering column, and a pair of auxiliary gauges mounted down low and out of sight. There's also a Hurst shifter with cue ball knob managing the 4-speed, but the guy in the car next to you won't be able to spot it when you're out hunting. New carpets, a fresh headliner, and factory-correct work throughout make this one heck of a clean interior that only adds to the sleeper vibe coming off this Biscayne. In back, the trunk is also finished to stock specs with a new mat and matching spare tire and jack assembly.

If you haven't driven a low-profile car like this on the street, you don't know the almost maniacal glee that comes from stomping some kid in a tricked-out Honda or a late-model Camaro using what they would probably refer to as "grandma's car." Crack the throttle, dump the clutch, and watch as the big block under the hood practically yanks the front tires off the pavement. There's just nothing like that kind of fun anywhere else in the automotive world. If that sounds like you, here's the perfect weapon. Call today!

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