Everybody looks for vintage desert cars to buy because they hold up better in the drier climates… and we found the perfect desert hot rod on Ebay. Advertised as a 1966 Chevy Impala Biscayne, which is a little misleading.
The Biscayne models actually had less exterior and interior fancy trimmings than the mid-range priced Impala models. The trim on the inside was very limited and was decorated with lower-grade cloth and vinyl or all-vinyl upholstery trim.
A very standard steering wheel with a center horn button was fitted inside along with rubber floor mats. Introduced as the least expensive model in the Chevrolet full-size car range, the Biscayne station wagon was available from model years 1962 through 1968.
For the 1966 model year, the Biscayne wagons were offered in a 4-door 6-cylinder series for a baseline pricetag of $2,772 with the 4-door 8-cylinder series selling for $2,677. We found it odd that a full-size wagon with a 6-cylinder engine would be priced higher than it’s larger motored brother.
Our Ebay find falls into the category of a third generation of the Biscayne model (1965-1970) sporting the GM B platform, the fourth best selling automobile platform in history behind the Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Model T and the Lada Riva.
According to the seller of our Ebay find, this longroof Biscayne, “has a very good running V-8,with a automatic transmission… The body on this wagon is very solid!!!!! NO RUST!!!!! This would be a great PRO STREET,RESTO MOD, candidate.”
Other highlights of the Arizona Biscayne Wagon:
- Power Steering
- Crager 15-inch wheels
- Edelbrock 4-barrel carb
- Edelbrock intake
As of the time of this writing, the auction price was $2,025.00 and the reserve had not been met.
We’d love to see this two-tone blue beast in our garage with a 454 big block under the hood and some major suspension improvements. Perhaps even a trick Air-Ride suspension system built for touring.