1959 Chevrolet Biscayne Duntov Patrol Car
Have you ever seen another one of these in your life? This incredible machine is one of only (40) 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne Pursuit Cars built to Zora Duntov’s specs, and delivered new to the Oregon State Patrol. The special 1959 Police Pursuit cars were first revealed in ‘Motor Trend’ magazine in 1958, when correspondent D.M. Bartley compared it to “the fastest road car we can think of”, the Ferrari 250 GT. The praise came in large part thanks to the car’s Duntov-massaged 348 ci W-head big-block, whose 305 hp gave it a potential top speed of 135 mph! The numbers matching 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne Patrol Car offered here is the only one of the 40 cars built known to exist. It recently underwent a three-year nut & bolt restoration and the final result is nothing short of spectacular! The 100% rust-free sheet metal is laser straight all of the way around the car, and that’s a lot of metal! The body panels fit beautifully from front to back. Of course, the correct Deep Blue paint was used, which was the color of the Oregon State Patrol cars, and then buffed & polished to a mirror-like finish. All of the chrome & stainless trim is brand new and show quality throughout. The undercarriage is fully restored/detailed and shows beautifully. The bare-bones factory correct gray/silver bench seat interior is MINT, with the factory rubber floor mats(sans carpeting), original 2-way Police Radio, under-dash Flasher switch and Patrol Car ID tag firmly in place. Please look closely at the photos to see how the interior looks factory fresh in every way! Let’s not fool ourselves; the heart of this incredibly rare Biscayne is under the hood. Nestled inside the beautifully detailed engine bay resides the original numbers matching 348 ci motor that was created by Zora Arkus-Duntov himself. He used the standard 348/250 hp block(Suffix Code F), which maintained its original bore & stroke but had its compressions ratio lifted from 9.5 to 11.1. Solid lifters, a special high-performance camshaft(not unlike the famous Duntov cam available for the Corvette), heavy-duty main & connecting-rod bearings, special high-compression pistons with clearance for valve overlap and its own larger-capacity manifold were included in the build. With a single four-barrel carburetor, the engine put out 300 hp @ 5600 rpm, compared to the stock 250 hp. Torque remained @ 355 Lbs/Ft. Torque. The original motor is linked to the original Saginaw 3-Speed Column Shift Manual Transmission (3-on-the-tree), which feeds power to the 3.36 rear axle. She runs super strong, especially for such a large automobile, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much torque she delivers. The car’s lowered stance is due to the ‘heavy-duty’ suspension that was used for the Police & Export models. I mean really, have you ever seen a ’59 Chevrolet sit so nicely? The sintered metal brakes that were used also got great reviews, and were a hit in 1959. This gorgeous Chevrolet Biscayne starts, runs, drives, steers and brakes wonderfully as is a BLAST to drive! It has an appearance like no other 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne/ Impala, and crowds gather around the car at any car event that I attend. She’s got everything that you look for in a collector car; an intriguing history, rarity, original drivetrain, incredible good looks, great performance and she’s reliable enough to drive anywhere at any time! A framed display and several magazines w/ features on the Biscayne will go to the new owner. You simply cannot go wrong investing in a classic car of this stature, as it is sure to appreciate in value in the coming years. Enclosed shipping is available anywhere in the world at the buyer’s expense.