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A couple of years ago, I purchased a Model Car World Resin 1969 Chevy Biscayne 2 Door Sedan Transkit. There is a local car I was quite interested in doing a similar model of, which was a 1969 Chevy Biscayne Sedan, equipped with a 427/390 HP V8, a 4-speed transmission, and little else. When MCW announced it was going to market a '69 Biscayne, I couldn't wait fotr it, as I had their '65 and '66. I finally received their '69, but I was a little disapointed in it, as the rear side windows and the angle of the back window was the wrong angle. That did not stop me from building it, as I made a few modifications in the side windows and the roof by pie cutting the rear window and slanting the rear window, as well as re-shaping the side windows, and replacing the drip mouldings. The transkit was designed to be combined with the AMT '70 Impala kit, which I used with very little mdification
I wanted a sleeper look to the car, so I painted it a non descript aqua, with a black vinyl interior, featuring a tilt column, a " Sport Steering Wheel in Rosewood", and a AM/FM radio. The running stock are chevy rally wheels, with "police" caps, and no trim rings, mounted on red lines. Under the hood is a ZL-1 Aluminum 427/430 V8with a 4-speed, and a 4:11 posi. Yes, this car could have come from the factory as a C.O.P.O. , like what came from a performance oriented dealership like Berger, Yenko, Nickey, or Baldwin (Motion Performance).
Everything I put on the car as available in 1969 from the factory, even though its not shown in the brochure. I have a fertile imagination, and would love to have such a beast as a one -to- one car. It would be a blast to drive.
Excellent colour choice !
In Whittier (Ca.) there was a '69 Caprice 9C1 with a 427 ; it was a 4 door sedan . At first I thought that someone slapped some "427" front marker lamp bezels on a 4 door , then I investigated the vehicle itself (with the car's owner by my side , of course ) . It was a retired Montana Highway Patrol unit ; rubber flooring , Certified speedo , dark blue metallic with a white painted roof ; the 427 was original .
I haven't seen this virtual anomaly since the early 90's ... hope it's still in good care !
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Very nice, Ron! Nice color and looks very realistic!
If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR
Next on the bench: 70 Hemi 'Cuda (when I get it), 1955 Ford F-100 Street Rod, 1955 Chevy (opening door older issue) 2010 Mustang GT Convertible Snap-Tite with my Grandson), probably not in this order.
Ron, you did a real nice job on the Biscayne, don't often see a 69 Biscayne model on this forum. In 69, that would have been a "In your face" street racer. Most people would have mistaken it for "Your Grandfather's Chevrolet".
Very interesting and cool and different build! Well done!
I see what you mean about the roof not being quite right.
Baldwin-Motion advertised 427 Biscaynes as part of their "Fabulous Four" or "Fantastic Four" (or was it Five, including the Corvette?) specials. As they built essentially custom cars to order, they'd have been happy to make one up any way you wanted, in any color you wanted--they'd have easily built a car just like your model. I can't remember if one of the Marty Schorr/Joe Oldham east coast rags ever ran a test on a '69 Biscayne but I DO remember seeing the ads for them.
Calling it a COPO (with ZL-1) probably takes it to the "phantom" level. You couldn't just call Chevy up and say "build me a COPO ZL-1 427 Biscayne." As factory-built cars, COPOS had engineering drawings, engineering clearances, and so forth. These were done for ZL-1 and L72 Camaro (COPO 9560 and 9561) and L72 Chevelle (COPO 9562) as we know, and probably for ZL-1 Corvette (since they built at least two, though none for public sale). I've never seen any evidence or speculation that Chevy ever produced ZL-1 documentation for the full-size cars (although they might have). If Baldwin-Motion had been able to get their hands on a ZL-1 engine, they'd have built you one, though, if you had the money.
BTW, somewhere along the line I read an interview with Joel Rosen of Baldwin-Motion and he said that none of the 427 Camaros, Novas, or Chevelles they sold were ever COPOs (i.e., built as 427s by the factory). He said they'd order them as 396s and then swap the short-blocks or the whole engines, depending on what the customer ordered. Kinda hard to believe that they wouldn't have been tapped into or taken advantage of the COPO deals when they became available, but that's what he said. As you note, the L72 iron 427 was a straight catalog option in '69 Biscayne.
Anyway, great model with a cool story to go with it!
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Ron I really enjoy your builds and this one is right up on top. Your choice of color and the fine detail makes this a super piece of eye candy..........
(I Love It When A Plan Comes Together) Hannibal Smith.
Ron, that is a nive one and it would have been a terror on the street.
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Yes, I am quite aware of the C.O.P.O. program, as I was a fleet manager for over 20 years. I have had a couple of C.O.P.O.'s done using factory parts myself for a couple of large orders from some of my municipal clients. While a ZL-1 Biscayne was probabably not built as a saleable car (imagine te product liability of unleashing such a beast for public consumption in 1969), due to the high warranty replacement cost, if it carried a warranty at all. Remember, the factory boys built some serious one off's for "evaluation purposes" (lol), as well as for some of the V.I.P.'s connected to GM.
One of the managers I worked for ordered a L-88 Corvette, which took over a year to get built from what he told me. He showed me pictures of the car from back in the day, and I have no reason to doubt his verasity. He drag raced it for a while, then returned it to the street. He definitely regretted selling it.
Remember, if GM made the part, and your pockets were deep enough, you could have one, either factory-built, or dealer-installed.
This is a great build. I really like the overall theme and the way it came together as a sleeper.
A fantastic build! You have really done this car justice! I have the same MCW transkit and have worked on it off and on now for a number of months. I too, was disappointed the roof was not totally correct but, my scratchbuilding skills have a way to go before I would tackle the corrections as you have done. Mine is going to be the direct opposite of yours; 6 cylinder, and little else, Fathom Green with light green interior. It is going to be a model of the actual 1:1 company car my Dad had from 69-71.
As I do yours, Bruce. You have to be the most prolific builder out there.
nice clean build i like
love your build ron, really sharp...slusher
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Great job on this! I owned a 4-door Bel Air a few years ago, and the color was very close to what you have here. Did you modify an Impala rear bumper, or did this kit have the correct 4-light piece?
MCW includes a correct 4 light rear bumper with this kit in raw resin. It is a very good kit.