Salvaging a 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne Barn Find with One Owner

Ryan of IowaClassicCars returns to the treasures of Kansas in order to retrieve the Chevrolet Impala’s long-lost sibling from the mid 20th Century.

Hot off the rescue of his 1963 Impala wagon, it seemed natural for car YouTuber Ryan to seek out another Chevy worthy of becoming his next project. In contrast to the Impala wagon, this Biscayne was a four-door sedan, and the conditions of the golden car were a near foil to everything previously witnessed in the Kansas yards.

Finding The 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne

Like his last trip to the Flower State, Ryan again set off for Kansas from Iowa very early in the morning to meet the seller of the 1959 Biscayne. The seller’s Kansas residency was not disclosed. At first glance, the sleeping Biscayne was by no means in mint condition either.

The rear windshield had long since broken. A thick layer of dust covered the single-tone gold paint and windows. Debris seemed to fester in the rotted interior whose missing fabric exposed the rear seat springs.

Nevertheless, Ryan kept in mind how old this car is. Knowing the age and heritage of this Biscayne contributes to its more optimistic reality. Under the hood, the Biscayne possesses a six-cylinder with an automatic transmission. In 1959, this cost $85 more than the standard transmission.

The owner’s grandmother bought this gold Biscayne that year and drove the car into her 90s. It was the owner who then inherited the Biscayne from her during his college years and continued to use the car until around 2001. The Biscayne has sat for roughly 20 years, only for Ryan to now tow it out of its machine shed and onto his single-car trailer.

Rescuing And Revealing The Promise Of The Chevrolet Biscayne Barn Find

Gold 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne

Moving the Biscayne required changing out the wheels to install a set that would spin. Ryan then resorted to guiding the car by its steering wheel from through the window. His friends operated the winch cable solely responsible for pulling the Biscayne onto the trailer. Ryan later took the Biscayne to be power washed. Finally, the car proved visually promising.

It was difficult to determine the conditions of this Biscayne while at the seller’s site in rural Kansas. But once washed, the gold paint gleamed in daylight. The car’s face and its taillights were without flaws. Much work remains for the interior, engine, and right rear quarter body panel to achieve the Biscayne’s original glory. Yet, it’s clear Ryan is as happy as any enthusiast would be about this latest rescue.

The owner’s grandmother bought this gold Biscayne that year and drove the car into her 90s. It was the owner who then inherited the Biscayne from her during his college years and continued to use the car until around 2001. The Biscayne has sat for roughly 20 years, only for Ryan to now tow it out of its machine shed and onto his single-car trailer.

Rescuing And Revealing The Promise Of The Chevrolet Biscayne Barn Find

Gold 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
Source: YouTube @ IowaClassicCars

Moving the Biscayne required changing out the wheels to install a set that would spin. Ryan then resorted to guiding the car by its steering wheel from through the window. His friends operated the winch cable solely responsible for pulling the Biscayne onto the trailer. Ryan later took the Biscayne to be power washed. Finally, the car proved visually promising.

 

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