Just when you think you've seen it all, a car like this 1966
Chevrolet Nova SS shows up and proves that there are still a few
tricks to be found. The elegant, classic, and artfully done paint
job makes it stand out, but it's still the big power in a
lightweight package that makes this Nova truly sing.
This brilliant red Chevy II is a showstopper, with a bit of attitude and a lot of artistic talent wrapped up in its nicely done bodywork. The finish is quite nice with a great shine, but that part's relatively easy. What's not so easy is getting the bodywork laser straight and the way the ultra-glossy paint emphasizes the slight kick-up in the quarters makes this former economy car look a lot more substantial and expensive. The paint is deep enough to jump in and swim around in, although it does show a few signs of use with a bit of time and a few miles on the build. No alterations were made to the trim, which is all nicely restored or replaced, and even the hood is original, not some aftermarket cowl-induction setup. You'll note that the bodywork lines up well, critical on even the lowly Nova due to the body line that runs from nose to tail, and they made sure all the brightwork was up to snuff before bolting it back on. And yes, this is a real code 118 SS, so it comes by those 'SS' badges honestly.
The matching interior looks very authentic from the headliner to the carpet, and in the same way the exterior is expertly rendered, the passenger compartment is equally well done. Factory seats were wrapped in new seat covers, and the back seat looks completely unused. The steering wheel is big and skinny, as it should be, and the 4-speed shifter lives in a mini console a lot like that found in big brother Impala. Factory gauges are joined by a set of aftermarket dials under the dash, as well as a tach on the column in the usual spot. A/C was added during the rebuilt, and discreet A/C vents were installed under the dash (the system isn't operational but most of the parts are included). The original AM radio remains in the dash and remarkably, it still works! And in back, there's a very clean trunk with a correct mat and spare tire assembly.
You could always get small block power in your Nova, so it should be no surprise to see a well-dressed 383 cubic inch V8 under that cowl-induction hood. Customized with chrome accessories that sparkle against the black inner fenders, it matches the rest of the car's highly detailed look. A Holley 4-barrel carburetor on an Edelbrock intake manifold help make horsepower and judging from the condition of the engine bay, it hasn't been driven much since it was completed. Ceramic-coated long-tube headers and dual mufflers give it that familiar Chevy high-performance sound, and with a 4-speed manual transmission and a 10-bolt rear end, you don't need to worry about damaging this car by having a little fun. The underside is quite clean, with tubular front A-arms and monoleaf rear springs augmented by a set of air shocks. Oh, and there's a giant front sway bar that really nails down the handling plus a set of traction bars to plant the power. The stance is perfect, sitting on those classic polished Torque Thrusts, which are wrapped in 24x5.0-15 and 26x10-15 Mickey Thompson rubber.
A very sleek resto-mod that takes one of the most popular cars of the period and turns it into something that'll look awesome for years to come. Call today!
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