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AutoWorld has a snazzy Biscayne

By Mark Savage
Published: September 15, 2015
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Product: Auto World’s new 1:18 Chevrolet Biscayne Coupe looks snazzy in its Aztec Bronze paint scheme, but it reminds me of the Plain Jane Chevys my great-uncle and other relatives had on their farms. Those were usually white, tan or black. The Chevy Biscayne was the go-to car for utility, size and value back in the mid-1960s.
Auto World delivers a decidedly spruced-up version for collectors who generally prefer a little pizzazz even on mainstream makes and models.
The Biscayne came into Chevy’s lineup in 1958 as its entry-level full-size car and lasted until 1972. The ’66 model was roughly halfway into the car’s shelf life, and was its third generation. Biscayne replaced the Chevy 210 and featured little chrome trim inside or out. The Bel Air was a step up, and Impala was farther up the totem.
Under the hood were a variety of engines, but the racy L72 in Auto World’s version was a special dealer-added option. The Big Block V8 generated 425 horse­power and became the top performance factory engine choice starting in 1967. Today, 427-equipped Biscaynes can go for $100,000 or more at auction.

Features: Auto World knows its muscle cars and offers this Limited Edition (just 1,002 are being made) as part of its American Muscle series. Our review sample in its sparkling bronze paint job is flashy, right down to the Aztec Bronze wheels with red-stripe tires and small chrome hubcaps, a Biscayne trademark.
There’s chrome around the windshield, rear window and vent windows, while the door frames and rear quarter windows are body colored. Chrome mirrors, door handles and keyholes really stand out on this bold color.
Like other Auto World 1:18 models, this one has opening hood, trunk and doors, something that continues to make this brand stand out at its price point. The detail is also good on the 427cc L72 V8 engine, with air filter, red-orange headers, and visible belts and battery.
The hood hinges are strong and easily hold the hood up for display. The underbody is detailed enough that you could pose this in a display case with mirrored bottom. The front wheels are steerable.
Auto World points with pride to the car’s die-cast metal body, which is more like the original than the resins now becoming more common in the miniature car world. There is a definite heft to the model.
Doors, hood and trunk fit well and work well, too. I like the full-size spare in the trunk and the ubiquitous rubber trunk mat that was standard in the day.
Inside is a tan (officially, Fawn) interior with cloth and vinyl bench seat up front. I like the old two-spoke steering wheel with its chrome hub and spokes, plus a metallic shifter with giant cue ball knob, giving this a racy flair. The dash is expansive, with a wide gauge pod that looks realistic.
There weren’t many markings on the cars in this era, and Chevy only used a crossed flag logo on the front fender to signify this was packing a 427. The twin taillights also tell you this is an entry-level car; the Impalas featured three taillights on each side.

Marketing: Face it, baby boomers still rule the collectible car market. Look at the prices 1:1 cars of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s get at auction these days.
This is another winner from Auto World that will get your brand-loyal Chevy collectors’ attention. There are a lot of Camaros, Corvettes and Impalas out there, so a Biscayne is pretty rare territory.
Stock this along with Auto World’s bevy of other American Muscle cars. These are at a price point that brings good profits and provides good value to your customers. A muscle-car display in your store window surely will turn some heads!

VITAL STATS
Product: 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne
Maker: Auto World
Scale: 1:18
Stock number: AMM1053/06
MSRP: $89.99
Availability: Round2

BOTTOM LINE
• A rare ‘60s Chevy for the masses
• Good detail for the price
• Priced for a wide range of buyers
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