Restored 3,295 Actual Mile Biscayne 409/409 HP 4 Speed
You know there's nothing we love more here at RK Motors Charlotte than a killer sleeper. And when it's a factory-built weapon with all the best equipment, restored to concours standards, with a known ownership history from new, well, we sit up and take notice. This 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne is one hell of a car, thanks to a correct 409, a 4-speed, and factory 4.56 gears, all wrapped in an unassuming 2-door post body. Despite the blazing red paint, this one is destined to stay under the radar until you crack open those dual quads and start handing out the beatings.
From the day it was ordered at Bill Moore Chevrolet in Ponca City, Oklahoma, there was no doubt about this car's destiny. The equipment list tells you everything you need to know:
587 409/409 dual-quad Turbo Fire V8
685b 4-speed full synchromesh manual transmission, 2.20:1 first gear ratio
1851 7.10x15 Firestone Deluxe Champion blackwall tires
675 Positraction differential, 4.56:1 final drive ratio
593 HD Rear coil springs
253 HD Front coil springs
200 HD Front and rear shocks
610 Heater delete
923 Roman Red exterior
876 Red cloth and vinyl bench seat interior
All the go fast parts are included, then add in heater delete and no radio and it all adds up to a Roman Red weapon designed to do only one thing: go fast. And this is exactly what the car did for the first few years of its life. After spending some time in Oklahoma, the car moved to Texas for more than a decade and then to California before winding up in the care of Jim Mattison in Michigan. That name should sound familiar—he's a former GM executive and the head of Pontiac Historical Services. This is an extremely well-known car in the 409 community, and its ownership history is proof of its authenticity.
Now down to the good stuff. First of all, this car's racing days are probably over, because it's just too nice to be a bare-knuckle brawler these days. Since this car was never a daily driver, and spent a majority of its life in a dry, warm climate, the sheetmetal is 100% original and remains in astounding condition. Thanks to a high-quality restoration not too long ago, the paint is show quality, and everything lines up better than new. Befitting a car of this one's stature, the paint was color sanded and buffed to an incredible shine that's almost completely devoid of defects. The Biscayne two-door post sedan was the lightest, stiffest body available, and it's unassuming looks can only help when your mission is to humiliate other cars.
The trim, what little there is on a Biscayne, is 100% original to the car and has been expertly restored. Those are the original bumpers, the original grille, the original center caps, and original everything else. Heck, even the original Anco red dot wiper blades are still on the original wiper arms! The only thing that gives this car away are the smallish 409 badges on the front fenders, but by the time you're close enough to read them, you've already been snared.
As a car destined for greatness on the track, it's really not a surprise that the original 409 engine gave its life in pursuit of lower ETs. However, the current engine is a 3857656 (the final and best block) casting that has been rebuilt to stock specs. The original Winters 3814881 aluminum dual quad manifold holds correct Carter AFB carburetors, numbers 3361 and 3362. The distinctive early Chevy valve covers are painted satin silver, which looks brilliant against the Chevy Orange block and heads. The correct distributor is fed power though a reproduction ballast resistor, while date coded spark plug cables carry the voltage from the date coded reproduction coil to the AC plugs in the '62 heads. Spring ring battery cables get the juice from the modern Delco battery under the tar top capper, sending power to the various systems, the correct 1102268 1L generator and 1108361 starter. All the decals and labels are correct, factory markings have been reproduced, and even little details like the hoses and clamps, and even the Sun tach drive box on the inner fender, have been faithfully restored to new condition.
The transmission is, of course, a heavy-duty T-10 4-speed manual, which is correctly date coded (5/62, if you're curious) and bolstered by a heavy-duty clutch. A new driveshaft was installed during the restoration, and connects to a 3789812 center section complete with bolt through U-joint straps. The floors have been finished in red oxide primer, as original, while the frame is beautifully done in satin black. The exhaust was reproduced in stainless steel, which will not only last forever, but gives the engine a slightly more aggressive sound than mild steel. There's no power steering, no power brakes, nothing that would get in the way of hammering down the track, and what is there has been restored to as-new condition. Lines, hoses, brackets, fasteners—it's all as it was in 1962 when this car first rolled into the staging lanes. Wheels are the original 15-inch steelies wearing standard hubcaps and 7.10-15 Firestones that turn into expensive bias-ply smoke with just a twitch of your right foot.
I'm guessing that if this car could have been ordered without a back seat, it would have been. Despite the spartan accommodations, it is beautifully executed and accurately restored. The front and rear seats wear reproduction seat covers that duplicate the original fabric and vinyl exactly, and the carpet is a perfect match for the factory stuff. The dash on a Biscayne wasn't really intended for racing, so the gauges are few, but all of them have been restored to new condition. That Sun tach I mentioned earlier obscures the factory temperature gauge, so for racing, a trio of Stewart Warner auxiliary gauges were installed under the dash decades ago. There's no radio and this is a heater delete car, complete with block-off plate under the hood where the heater box would usually live. And yes, look at the photos again—that mileage figure isn't since it was restored, it's since 1962, one quarter mile at a time!
Whether your interest lies in high-performance Chevrolets, killer sleepers, or vintage race cars, this one has it all. One of the most potent machines of the early '60s, it's the ideal combination of a lightweight, unassuming body, a bunch of race-only features that were eventually dropped from the options list, and sheer muscle. Spectacularly restored to show condition, this one never fails to draw a crowd. People don't know quite why they're drawn to this car, but there's definitely something about its low-profile looks and high-profile motor that gets people excited. There's likely not another anywhere that's this nice, and surely no others with lower mileage. This car is a very rare treat, and it definitely won't last long. Call today!
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