Chevrolet Biscayne L72
Sold new by East Point Chevrolet in East Point, Georgia, this 1968 Chevrolet Biscayne is reputed to have been purchased by a Forest Park, Georgia, resident involved in the bootlegging business. As the story goes, the car’s owner eventually landed in jail, his worldly possessions confiscated but for this car, which escaped the revenuers’ clutches after it was hidden underground. Whatever the veracity of that tale, this well-documented and exceptionally well-preserved Biscayne remains virtually as fresh as the day it was built. It has been part of a succession of high-quality collections, including those of Pat McGroder, Kenn Funk, to the Petersen Automotive Museum and then onto Dennis Higginbotham. Described by Muscle Car Enthusiast Magazine as “the ultimate muscle car sleeper,” it is one of fewer than 100 produced with the L72 Turbo Jet 427/425 HP big block engine, in this case backed by a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and 3.55 Positraction rear end. This car is believed to be the only 1968 Factory Tuxedo Black L72 Biscayne known to exist. Most importantly, it is original and unrestored, with just 720 miles on the odometer. Rolling on Blackwall tires mounted on painted steel wheels and adorned with dog dish hub caps, the car’s true potential is evidenced only by the unobtrusive “427” badges next to the front side marker lights. The Black interior is the model of minimalist design: bench seat, radio delete and an optional gauge package comprising fuel, oil, temperature and battery gauges and an in-dash tachometer. Fully documented with the original dealer invoice, delivery checklist, Protect-O-Plate, a copy of original title, the owner's manual and dealer brochure, this sinister-looking Biscayne is a singular example of Chevrolet’s full-size stealth street machine.
Part of the Mecum Auctions in Indianapolis in May, 2013.
Source: Mecum Auctions