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1961 Chevrolet Biscayne
1961 Biscayne

1961 Chevrolet Biscayne

In 1961 Chevrolets full-sized lineup received a complete redesign. With revisions from design chief Bill Mitchell, the new lineup offered a more cleaner look that shaved 1.5 inches from the body, that still rode on a 119 inch wheelbase. The big news for performance seekers was the optional 409 cubic inch V8 engine that propelled American auto manufacturers into the race for horsepower. The "Turbo-Fire" 409-Cubic-Inch V8 debuted with a 4bbl carburetor and was rated at 360 horsepower, although rumored to be much more! Chevy hadn’t officially entered the drag strip ring yet in 1961, so the 409 became known as the backdoor King in ’61 as Chevy kept aiding racers with it’s heavy duty parts. The big block 409 cost a whopping $425.00 extra, and only 142 were built for that model year. The Impala remained the leader as it was still offered as the top of the line offering and the Biscayne remained the lower more affordable model just below the Bel Air.

1961 Chevrolet Biscayne Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Biscayne Series 1100 - Six-Cyl
11 69 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,316 3,530 lbs Note 1
11 11 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,262 3,415 lbs
11 21 2 dr Utility Sedan- 3P $2,175 3,390 lbs
Brookwood Station Wagon Series 1100 - Six-Cyl
11 45 4 dr - 9P $2,756 3,900 lbs Note 1
11 35 4 dr - 6P $2,643 3,850 lbs
Biscayne Deluxe Series 1200 - V-8
12 69 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,423 3,505 lbs Note 1
12 11 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,369 3,425 lbs
12 21 2 dr Utility Sedan- 3P $2,282 3,395 lbs
Brookwood Station Wagon Series 1200 - V-8
12 45 4 dr - 9P $2,863 3,895 lbs Note 1

12

35 4 dr - 6P $2,760 3,845 lbs
Brookwood Fleetmaster Series 1300 - Six-Cyl
1369 1469 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,284 3,495 lbs Note 1

1311

1411 2 dr Sedan- 6P $2,230 3,410 lbs
Brookwood Fleetmaster Series 1400 - V-8
1369 1469 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,391 3,500 lbs Note 1

1311

1411 2 dr Sedan- 6P $2,337 3,415 lbs

Notes:
1. Production was recorded by body style only: 4dr Sedan = 452,251, Sport Coupe = 177,969, Sport Sedan = 174,141, 4dr Station Wagon = 168,935, 2dr Sedan = 153,988, Convertible = 64,624. There were 142 Super Sport models. No further breakout of models was recorded by Chevrolet.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Height Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Chevrolet 119 in 209.3 in 78.4 in 55.5 in 60.3 in 59.3 in 7.50 x 14
Chevrolet Station Wagon 119 in 209.3 in 78.4 in 55.5 in 60.3 in 59.3 in 8.00 x 14

 


VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.
First Symbol - Year
1 = 1961
Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Chevy II (4-cyl) 14 = Impala SS (V-8)
02 = Chevy II 15 = Bel Air 1500 Series (6-cyl)
04 = Chevy II Nova 16 = Bel Air 1600 Series (V-8)
05 = Corvair 500 Series (6-cyl) 17 = Impala 1700 Series (6-cyl)
06 = Corvair 600 Monza Spyder (6-cyl) 18 = Impala 1800 Series (V-8)
07 = Corvair Deluxe 700 Series (6-cyl) 53 = Chevelle & Std. El Camino (6-cyl)
08 = Corvette 54 = Chevelle & Std. El Camino (V-8)
09 = Corvair Monza/Spyder 900 Series (6-cyl) 55 = Chevelle Malibu & Custom El Camino (6-cyl)
11 = Biscayne 1100 Series (6-cyl) 56 = Chevelle Malibu & Custom El Camino (V-8)
12 = Biscayne 1200 Series (V-8) 57 = Chevelle Malibu SS (6-cyl)
13 = Impala SS (6-cyl) 58 = Chevelle Malibu SS (V-8)
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = 2dr Sedan 41 = 2dr Sedan
15 = 2 dr Station Wagon (6P) 45 = 4dr Station Wagon (9P)
19 = 4dr Sedan 47 = 2dr Sport Coupe
27 = 2dr Sedan 49 = 4dr Sedan
35 = 4dr Station Wagon (6P) 67 = 2dr Convertible
37 = 2dr Hardtop or Sport Coupe 69 = 4dr Sedan
39 = 4dr Hardtop or Sport Sedan 70 = Sedan Delivery
Sixth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (W) Willow Run, Michigan
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001
 

1961 Chevrolet Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl - stamped on a pad behind the distributor on right side of block. V-8 - stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
A 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AE 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AF 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AG 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AJ 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AK 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AM 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AP 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AR 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AS 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AT 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AZ 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
B 6-235 135 217 Powerglide 1 BC
BE 6-235 135 217 Powerglide 1 BC
BG 6-235 135 217 Powerglide 1 BC
BH 6-235 135 217 Powerglide 1 BC
C 8-283 170 275 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
CD 8-283 170 275 Overdrive 2 BC
CF 8-283 230 300 3-Speed Manual 4 BC
CG 8-283 230 300 Overdrive 4 BC
CL 8-283 170 275 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
CM 8-283 230 300 3-Speed Manual 4 BC
D 8-283 170 275 Powerglide 2 BC
DB 8-283 230 300 Powerglide 4 BC
DK 8-283 170 275 Powerglide 2 BC
DM 8-283 230 300 Powerglide 4 BC
E 8-283 170 275 Turboglide 2 BC
EB 8-283 230 300 Turboglide 4 BC
EG 8-283 170 275 Turboglide 2 BC
EJ 8-283 230 300 Turboglide 4 BC
F 8-348 250 355 3& 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
FA 8-348 280 355 3& 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
FH 8-348 350 * # 364 3& 4-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
FJ 8-348 340 * # 362 3& 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
FL 8-348 305 + 355 3& 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
GD 8-348 305 * + 355 3& 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
GE 8-348 250 355 Powerglide 4 BC
H 8-348 250 355 Turboglide 4 BC
HA 8-348 280 355 Turboglide 3 - 2 BC
Q 8-409 380 409 Manual 4 BC
QA 8-409 409 409 Manual 4 BC

Notes:

  • * High Lift Cam
  • + High Performance
  • # Special High Performance

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed Stamped on boss on lower left side of case just below side cover.
Powerglide (Corvair) On top of the case in the rear at 11 o'clock.
Powerglide Stamped on the bottom of oil pan

Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
W Warner Gear 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
B Toledo Powerglide (Corvair)
*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions will carry a production code number such as: S304 (S = Saginaw 3-Speed, 3 = March, 04 = 4th.)

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.
 
Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
AA, BA AK, BK 3.55 12 Bolt
AB, BB AM, BM, 3.36 10 Bolt
AW, BW AX, BX 3.08 10 Bolt
FE, BE FH, BH 3.70 -
 

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

923 - Roman Red
Lucite® Code - 2931LH
Dulux® Code - 93-93037H

912 - Jewel Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4143L
Dulux® Code - 181-94696

938 - Almond Beige
Lucite® Code - 2964L
Dulux® Code - 93-93110

920 - Fawn Beige Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4146L
Dulux® Code - 181-94697

940 - Sateen Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4023L
Dulux® Code - 181-94009

914 - Midnight Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4147L

936 - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4027L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

903 - Seafoam Green
Lucite® Code - 4148L
Dulux® Code - 93-94296

941 - Shadow Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4027L
Dulux® Code - 181-93661
917 - Seamist Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4149L
Dulux® Code - 93-94324

948 - Honduras Maroon Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4034LH
Dulux® Code - 181-17182H

925 - Corona Cream
Lucite® Code - 4151L
Dulux® Code - 93-94079

915 - Twilight Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4141L
Dulux® Code - 181-94695

900 - Tuxedo Black
Lucite® Code - #88L
Dulux® Code - 93-005

905 - Arbor Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4142L
Dulux® Code - 181-94694



NOTES: Color Combination Numbers are on a plate on the right side of the dash panel, under the hood, immediately below the heater water control valve (Ranco Valve).
 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Red
Duco® Code - 2967H

Not Available Dark Blue Metallic
Duco® Code - 94693
Not Available
Black
Duco® Code - #44
Not Available Medium Dark Fawn Metallic
Duco® Code - 94677
Not Available
Dark Gray Metallic
Duco® Code - 93989
Not Available Medium Green Metallic
Duco® Code - 94694
Not Available
Inca Silver Metallic
Duco® Code - 94260
Not Available Medium Turquoise Metallic
Duco® Code - 94695
Not Available
Dark Green Metallic
Duco® Code - 94298
Not Available Medium Blue Metallic
Duco® Code - 94696
Not Available
Dark Turquoise Metallic
Duco® Code - 94350
Not Available Medium Fawn Metallic
Duco® Code - 94697
Not Available
 


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