Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Are you one of those people who likes being a little different than everyone else? Someone who appreciates restrained beauty and an honest presentation? Then perhaps this 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne 2-door sedan deserves a closer look. Low key and a little unusual, it's not another Impala SS clone but rather a clean and somewhat unusual classic Chevy with just the right appeal for a guy who is sick of plain old Roman Red.
The white top and teal-blue paint looks pretty darned close to the factory's code 965 White over Lagoon Aqua, which is what the car was born with, and will truly stand out among all the red, white, and black Chevys that you see at every show. Underneath that handsome, driver-quality paint, you'll find some straight sheetmetal that only serves to emphasize the clean, chiseled lines of the freshened '64 Biscayne. These cars were particularly attractive in profile, where the no-nonsense look and slightly rounded rear window give it a look that's distinct from the Impala hardtop. There are still those handsome Biscayne emblems on the quarter panels, but as the base model, the Biscayne didn't get a lot of shiny stuff and we have to admit we like the clean look. Of course, there are two taillights per side, not three like the Impala, and the classic '64 Chevy grille is one of the best-looking details of the decade. Add in some shiny chrome bumpers, bright side mirrors, and the fender-mounted antenna and you have a car that stands out without making a big fuss about it.
The beautiful code 852 Aqua and White interior offers a variety of textures and materials that should be busy but instead look fantastic. Two-tone vinyl seating surfaces work with pleated door panels to add even more interest everywhere you look, and the plush carpet ties the whole cabin together. Instrumentation covers the basics, and although all the gauges appear to be original, they've held up incredibly well. There's also a large, ornate OEM steering wheel that's pure 1964, and even the horn ring and center cap look great. There's a shifter on the column that controls the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission below, and that alone gives the interior a laid-back, right hand around your significant other feel. The original AM radio still lives in the center of the dash, so nothing looks too modern or out of place inside the dash, and just underneath an aftermarket R134a A/C unit was discreetly installed and is very effective. The spacious trunk is nicely finished with black paint that shows off just how solid this car really is, and it houses a full-size spare.
A 283 cubic inch V8 provides reliable, smooth power for the easy-cruiser and delivers enough punch to make it fun to drive even in traffic. The engine bay is accurately finished with fresh Chevy Orange paint on the block, chrome valve covers, and a matching air cleaner assembly that helps with the look. Aside from a few dress-up parts, an aluminum radiator, and the Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, it's not too far from the way it might have been originally, and still carries cast iron exhaust manifolds. Power steering and power front disc brakes are welcomed additions that help this car drive great, and that modern compressor pumps cold air throughout the cabin, The TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is linked to the original rear end, so it's a pleasant highway car and a newer Flowmaster dual exhaust system rumbles happily from behind. I wouldn't call it restored underneath, but it's very solid and it sits just right on 14-inch American Racing "Old-Style" Torque Thrust wheels and staggered 215/70/14 front and 225/70/14 rear Hankook blackwall radials.
1964 Chevys are popular for a lot of reasons, but we think you'll find this one is popular simply because it's not like all the others. Call today!
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