Chevrolet Biscayne, 1966

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Chevrolet Biscayne, 1966 (model car, 1:18 scale)1966, metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Albert H. Small, 2017, AHS.309

About this Car

Introduced in 1958, the Chevrolet Biscayne was a popular choice among law enforcement agencies looking to expand their vehicle fleet. Its powerful V-8 engine was capable of propelling the patrol car to speeds of up to 150 miles per hour—perfect for high-speed chases.

Artwork Connection

Artist Richard Estes began his career as a commercial illustrator in the 1960s, sketching cars and other products for ads, objects that he notes “you don’t really look at in art museums.” Estes’s in-your-face image of a police car echoes the assertive designs used by companies to market their law enforcement vehicles.