The 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne XP-37 Concept at the New Petersen Automotive Museum

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The 1955 Chevrolet Biscayne began life as a super star to showcase the new Chevrolet 265 cubic-inch V8 engine and was featured at the 1955 Motorama where it wowed the world with its futuristic design and styling cues. This car would influence future General Motors vehicles, including the Corvette, Buick Riviera, Corvair, and Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, well in the 1960s.

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Most of the conventional components of an operational automobile were appearance-only items in concept cars. There were no side windows, and the power windows switches were dummies as were instruments. In fact, apart from some motors and servos to open the doors on the show floor, there were effectively no electrical systems.

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It didn’t even have a conventional car battery or fuel tank.The car had no powertrain or chassis and missing many pieces. Much of the body and interior were scattered around the yard. It was in need of restoration, but the work was put off for many years.

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A series of automobiles produced by Chevy for model years 1958 through 1972, the Chevy Biscayne was named after a show car first displayed at the 1955 GM Motorama. The Biscayne was least expensive model in the Chevy full-size car range that included the Bel Air, the Impala and the Delray.

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Also available to the regular public, the Biscayne’s were produced mainly for the fleet market. The Biscayne was great for those consumers that wanted a low-cost, no-frills transportation with room, power and convenience.

The Chevy Biscayne featured very little exterior chrome trim and was fitted with small hubcaps, various exterior trim pieces, and upgraded wheel covers were available for an additional cost. The trim on the inside was very limited and was decorated with lower-grade cloth and vinyl or all-vinyl upholstery trim.