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This sinister-looking 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne is one of approximately 200 built with the L72 427/425 HP big block engine and one of 11 believed to exist today. Ordered in October 1965 by Bader Chevrolet in Fontana, California, it was used by Bader as a drag racer for several years. The L72 big block is backed by a Muncie close-ratio 4-speed and 4.10 Positraction rear end. Its drag-racing origins are evident in its heavy duty chassis equipment, special-purpose suspension, heavy-duty clutch fan, factory tachometer and rare radio delete, but it presents in award-winning showroom condition after a four-year frame-off restoration completed in 2010.
Showing a believed-correct 50,000 miles, this rust-free California car boasts luscious Tuxedo Black paint in combination with a pristine code 876 Red bench seat interior. Its many awards include a Chairman's Award at the Lake Mirror Concours D’Elegance, VCCA Junior and ACCA Junior and Senior honors, with scores ranging from 995 points out of 1,000 and one perfect score of 400 out of 400. It has been featured in many magazines, including the November 1977 issue of Street Rodder, July 1983 Hot Rod magazine, December 2010 Chevy Classics, Old Cars Weekly July 2011, and Muscle Machines July 2012. It is exceptionally well documented with the order sheet and Protect-O-Plate, a copy of the window sticker, full history and code number breakdown sheet, judging sheets and awards.