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1963 Chevrolet Biscayne
The 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne four-door sedan

1963 Chevrolet Biscayne

Brand new body lines brought crisp new looks to the full-sized 1963 Chevrolet Impala, Bel Air and Biscayne. Chevrolet was on a role and topped the production charts in 1963. The Chevrolet Impala remained the most exciting of the bunch with more luxury and options than one could imagine. While comfort wasn't the only thing on Chevrolet's mind - Chevrolet produced a new 427-cubic-inch competition V-8 that outran everything early in the season at Daytona. Chevy also aided its racers by offering dealer installed aluminum front bumpers and front sheetmetal. Still "real fine" was the famous 409, offered in three versions including a; 340-hp 4 barrel, the unchaned 409 hp and the new solid-lifter-high-compression power house offering 425hp.

1963 Chevrolet Biscayne Specifications and Production

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 $2,376 3,280 lbs See Notes
11 11 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,322 3,205 lbs
11 35 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,723 3,685 lbs
Biscayne Series 1200 - V-8
12 69 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,483 3,415 lbs See Notes
12 39 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,429 3,340 lbs
12 35 4 dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,830 3,810 lbs

Notes:

Production totals for Chevrolet = 4 dr sedan - 561,511; 2 dr hardtop sport coupe - 399,224; 4 dr station wagon - 198,547; 4 dr hardtop sport sedan - 194,158; 2 dr sedan 135,636. Production of all station wagons was 198,500.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Chevrolet 119 in 210.4 in 79.0 in 60.3 in 59.3 in 7.00 x 14/7.50 x 14
Chevrolet Station Wagon 119 in 210.4 in 79.0 in 60.3 in 59.3 in 8.00 x 14

Vin Decoding

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
3 = 1963

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
(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

Engine Data

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 6-230 140 220 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AE 6-230 140 220 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
B 6-230 140 220 Powerglide 1 BC
C 8-283 195 285 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
CB (p) 8-283 195 285 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
CD 8-283 195 285 Overdrive 2 BC
CL 8-283 195 285 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
D 8-283 195 285 Powerglide 2 BC
DK 8-283 195 285 Powerglide 2 BC
QA 8-409 400 + 425 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
QB 8-409 425 425 3 & 4-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
QC 8-409 340 420 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
QG 8-409 340 420 Powerglide 4 BC
QM 8-409 400 + 425 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
R 8-327 250 350 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
RA 8-327 250 350 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
RB 8-327 300 + 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
RK 8-327 300 + 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
S 8-327 250 350 Powerglide 4 BC
SA 8-327 250 350 Powerglide 4 BC
SB 8-327 300 + 360 Powerglide 4 BC
SG 8-327 300 + 360 Powerglide 4 BC
XE (s) 8-327 300 350 3 & 4-Speed Manual, Powerglide 4 BC
Notes:
  • + High Performance
  • (p) Police
  • (s) Service Engine

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed (Corvair) 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 3-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed
M Muncie 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
T Toledo Powerglide
D Saginaw Overdrive
K McKinnon 3-Speed
E McKinnon Powerglide
O Saginaw Overdrive
A Cleveland 2-Speed, Manual Powerglide

Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions (exc. Warner Gear) will carry a production code number such as: C1116N (C = Cleveland Powerglide, 11 = November, 16 = 16th, N = Night Shift). The Warner Gear transmissions will carry a production code number such as: WG1031 (W = Warner Gear 4-Spd., G = July, 10 = 10th, 7 = 1967, 1 = First Shift).

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 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
AB, BB AM, BM 3.36 (std. lining) 10 Bolt
AC, BC AH 3.70 (std. lining) -
AE AN 3.55 (metal lining) 12 Bolt
AF AP 3.70 (metal lining) -
AG AQ 3.36 (metal lining) 10 Bolt
AJ AR 3.08 (metal lining) 10 Bolt
  AL 4.11 (std. lining) -
  AS 4.56 (std. lining 12 Bolt
  AT 4.11 (metal lining) -
  AU 4.56 (metal lining) 12 Bolt
AW, BW AX, BX 3.08 (std. lining) 10 Bolt

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

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

922 - Ember Red
Lucite® Code - 4387LH
Dulux® Code - 93-95896H

905 - Laurel Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4255L
Dulux® Code - 181-95185

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

908 - Ivy Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4394L
Dulux® Code - 181-96219

932 - Saddle Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4392L
Dulux® Code - 181-96217

912 - Silver Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4250L
Dulux® Code - 181-95180

934 - Cordovan Brown Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4393L

914 - Monaco Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4391L
Dulux® Code - 181-96000
936 - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4024L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

916 - Daytona Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4395L
Dulux® Code - 181-96220

938 - Adobe Beige
Lucite® Code - 4256L
Dulux® Code - 93-95186

918 - Azure Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4253L
Dulux® Code - 181-95183

940 - Satin Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4247L
Dulux® Code - 181-95176

919 - Marine Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4390LH
Dulux® Code - 181-95998H

941 - Sebring Silver (FIRE-FROST)
Lucite® Code - 867-96417

920 - Autumn Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4257L
Dulux® Code - 181-95187

948 - Palomar Red Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4389LM
Paint Code Color Name Paint Code Color Name
950 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Tuxedo Black (900)
970 (Upper) Adobe Beige (938)
(Lower) Autumn Gold Metallic (920)
954 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Laurel Green Metallic (905)
971 (Upper) Adobe Beige (938)
(Lower) Saddle Tan Metallic (932)
959 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Silver Blue Metallic (912)
972 (Upper) Adobe Beige (938)
(Lower) Ermine White (936)
962 (Upper) Silver Blue Metallic (912)
(Lower) Monaco Blue Metallic (914)
973 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Ember Red Metallic (922)
963 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Azure Aqua Metallic (918)
984 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Satin Silver Metallic (940)
967 (Upper) Azure Aqua Metallic (918)
(Lower) Marine Aqua Metallic (919)

NOTES: General Motors paint code plate for all models except Corvair and Corvette is located under the hood at the top of the firewall on the left or right of the upper shroud. Corvair paint code plate is on the left rear wheel housing. Corvette paint code plate is under the dash, below the glove compartment.

 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

Ivory
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Fawn Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

Medium Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

Dark Fawn Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Dark Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Saddle Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Light Red
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Saddle
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Red
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

Medium Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Red Metallic
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Black
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

   

NOTE: Unrubbed LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original unrubbed interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use DuPont #4528 flattening compound to reduce gloss.

 

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