1965 was a stellar year for General Motors: all big cars and the Corvair were redesigned, there now was a full range of mid-size performance models, and the Corvette received the big-block 396 for the first time. Full-size Chevrolets in particular were particularly handsome, and mid-year they were the recipient of the big-block. Stuff one of those in a plebeian Biscayne four-door and you’ll have yourself an unsuspecting sleeper.
Truth be told, this 1965 Biscayne in Hemmings is likely not an original big-block car, but it is not period-correct either − stuffed between the front fenders is a 454, which first came out in 1970. This 454 is rated at 425 horsepower and is paired with a four-speed 700R4 OD automatic transmission. Seller confusingly claims, “No expense spared, over $70,000 invested. Car started out as a Bel Air from the South, rust free with 20,000 original miles,” so does that mean it came from the factory as a Bel Air but he decontented it into a Biscayne?
Reading further, “Original sheet metal. Chevy made under 200 of these Corvette powered big cars, here is a chance to own a modern recreation. Correct factory gauges, including rare 7,000 RPM tach that cost over $2,000 NOS.” It’s a bit curious that such a desirable and expensive item was obtained for a car that’s nowhere near a correct clone. And if your interest has been piqued by his production numbers, the only production records that exist say that only 1,838 big cars were built with the L78 396 − no bodystyle breakdowns exist, although chances are most of them ended up in Impala Super Sports.
Seller wants a hair under 30 grand. Is this sleeper worth it? Or would you rather spend the money for a two-door without the confusion?