This may be the most significant find I’ve ever posted on CC. It’s hard to believe–a 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne 2-door sedan, one lady owner, a little old lady from Pasadena (actually Upland, about 20 miles east). Original Gothic Gold and Snowcrest White two-toned paint, 283 V-8, Powerglide; 48,964 miles. Things like this practically no longer exist. As of this writing the bidding is up to $22,600 (reserve not met). Will be interesting to see how high it goes. Let’s take a closer look:
A few little dents and scuffs; nothing bad.
Gothic Gold takes on a different personality in the bright sun.
This Biscayne has the optional custom steering wheel with chrome horn ring. Two black knobs (at left) are LIGHTS and WIPERS. If you want the knobs labeled and made of shiny bright metal, you have to move up to a Bel Air or Impala.
Front seat is covered, but tastefully so.
Back seat with original ice-blue and gray two-toned upholstery and trim with embossed pattern.
Cloth headliner looks mint–no rips or stains visible.
Turbo-Fire V-8, manual steering, manual brakes. The paint and decal on that air cleaner looks immaculate!
Original documents that come with the car:
I always liked the way they described these: “Dollars never went farther or bought longer lasting pride than in Chevrolet’s new Biscayne series . . . If it’s beauty on a budget you’re after, the Chevrolet Biscayne is your car.”
“The eye-filling 2-door is stunning proof of a Chevrolet promise . . . to give you more car for your money.”
I know many of you have seen pictures of my car already, but I thought I’d include some photos for comparison. My car is a Biscayne 4-door, Cameo Coral, same ice-blue and gray interior, 6 cylinder, Powerglide, 56,000 miles. Mostly original paint, may be one owner before me, not sure.
Incidentally, I find this ’59 Chevy to be a very pleasant car to drive. The handling is fairly sharp with very little lean on turns. The manual steering is precise on the highway with very little play. However, the steering is far from easy at parking speeds, and going around corners requires a lot of wheel-winding, as it is about 6 turns lock-to-lock. The car feels well-made; doors close with a solid click.
The low seating position encourages relaxed cruising, not upright alertness. There is a broad, flat hood which makes the car seem like an aircraft carrier with two little chrome jets on each side. The giant Panoramic windshield gives you a splendid view ahead as well as above and to the sides. Adequate power is delivered smoothly and quietly (sort of like a vacuum cleaner) and Powerglide has but one upshift and is very unobtrusive. The suspension soaks up tar strips and little bumps well, but still feels firm and “poised”. Drivers trading in their older Chevys and Fords will feel like they’re now driving something in the Buick or Cadillac class. They will also be amazed by how much they can put into the cavernous trunk. Consumer Reports described the ’59 Chevy as “unusually smooth running and smooth riding”, but “overlong” for a low-priced car.
Just a side note: I was thinking of making my car a two-tone (Cameo Coral and Satin Beige, as shown above). I have the correct bright-metal paint separators (thin stainless steel strips to separate the two colors along the rear doors and deck). However, my original roof paint is in such great condition that I hesitate to paint over it. Any opinions on this?
So if you like these cars and you’re in the market to buy (and don’t mind traveling to where the car is located), I think this would be worth investigating. You’d have to compete with all those other bidders though. That’s not my thing. I like to buy what no one else wants (or, that is to say, what no one else sees the greatness of). That way, both sides are happy: The seller makes a sale, and I get a bargain price. Although there are times when you have to overpay for what you know you want, and which is unobtainable any other way.
This car is so original and pristine–you wonder if the new owner will preserve it as is. Hopefully it won’t be turned into something like this, but unfortunately such things happen way too often: