Recently, up for grabs on eBay was this very rare ’65 Chevy Biscayne equipped with the legendary 409 big block, and a four-speed transmission. This bare-bones, stripped-down sedan you see before you, looks more like grandma’s plain Jane six-cylinder grocery getter, than the high-powered muscle car it actually is.
This 1965 post bodied Chevy sedan is actually one of 20 built by General Motors, and is believed to be one of only two left in existence. It was ordered with the 400 hp version of the 409, a four-speed transmission, and Posi-Traction rear end.
What makes it rare, is that in 1965, Chevrolet began production of a new big block engine. This new big block engine had a displacement of 396 cubic inches, and it was built to replace the early W-head type engines, which included the 348 and the 409 engine. Because this was an early build vehicle, it was ordered with the 409/400hp engine that was supposed to be phased out of production by 1965.
Yes, this is the same engine that “The Beach Boys,” wrote their famous song about “409.” As you can see by the pictures, this Chevy Biscayne is almost flawless.
This is definitely a car for a true collector, and even though it didn’t reach opening bid of $65,000, it surely cannot be argued that this is a very rare machine, that in better economic times, it would have probably fetched double that money. It’s not very often the car of this nature becomes available to the public; one usually finds a car like this deeply tucked away in a private collection.
This '65 409 was ordered as a strictly business only machine, dog dish hubcaps, rare side mirror delete, radio delete, and a 400hp engine!