1971 Chevrolet Nova Coupe
The Chevrolet Nova got a new promotional bent that echoed
Volkswagen's approach in pitching the Beetle's lack of change as a
virtue. Instead of focusing on any alterations, the Nova's sales
brochure explained that, "we've been building essentially the same
car since 1968. We think we've got it down pat.". These were the
years of the first energy crisis as Middle Eastern countries cut
back on oil exports. After waiting for hours in gas lines and
fretting about the prospect of fuel rationing, thrifty compacts
looked pretty good to plenty of Americans. The Nova fit the
For consignment, a consigner stated "very fast" "very street-able"
1971 Chevrolet Nova. When looking at this car it's a big flex of
bowtie muscle sporting a whopping 572ci V8 with a consigner stated
750hp output! Iceberg Blue helps keep things just a bit cooler on
this hot hand-built version with its large scooped hood, and nice
chrome. It takes on a somewhat unassuming look in your presence
when just sitting there but turn the key and you are in a whole
Save for the shaving of any badging except for on the trunk NOVA,
and the blacked out egg crate grille and large rearward scooped
hood on top, this car appears stock and unassuming (well sorta...).
The front bumper still retains its markers and air inlets to keep
the radiator cool, but retains its luster, as does the rear bumper,
and grille surround. Beautiful shiny Iceberg Blue bathes this car's
panels, which have decently minded gaps and no dents or dings. Just
small faults within the paint show in a few scratches and a section
that is dulled, as well as some rust bubbling on the driver's wheel
well on the rear quarter. 15 inch Centerline wheels are on all 4
corners and in front wrapped by 26x7.50-15's and in back
255/60R15's are on. It's showtime!!
Racy would best describe the interior with original door panels
looking slightly wavy but in good condition. Turning our attention
to the passenger compartment is down to the racing business with
black vinyl high back racing bucket seats that are within the
confines of a removable side bar roll cage. 5-point racing belts
are on these buckets. In the center is a metal box with the B&M
Pro Ratchet Shifter complete with a Biondo Electric Shift
Controller. Various toggle switches are located in this area along
with the transbrake activation button. Up to the dash and it is
custom simplicity with an aluminum panel featuring a lineup of
essential gauges, metal toggles, and a column mounted tachometer. A
rally steering wheel is now on. Black carpet covers the floors and
the back of the car has been stripped of any seating and panels for
weight loss, but you can still put your grocery bags back there if
you need to stop at the store on your way home from the track.
Start your engines...
The word drivetrain would be an understatement on this mill which
should best be described as a rocket engine. A 572ci V8 with AFR
(Air Flow Research) heads, a single 4-barrel Holley carb, and a
TH400 3-speed automatic featuring a trans brake, and a manual
reverse valve body. To spin the rear tires, there is a Ford 9-inch
rear with 3.89 TracLoc carrier. Looking snappy and shiny and
absolutely like new. Ignition....Liftoff!
The gas tank has been removed and now a fuel cell resides in the
trunk and large tubing and fittings feed the mill from the bottom
of the tank sending hi test to the front of the car. A 3-inch
exhaust system with stainless steel mufflers vents air mid section
of this undercarriage. Up front independent coil springs are on and
on back mono leaf suspension with Cal Trac Bars are installed. Disc
brakes are on the front, and drums on the back. I did notice upon
close inspection that the frame has a hole in it, and the passenger
floorpan has invasive rust that has left some damage currently
My motor-head decoder ran this machine and has some positive things
to say about it...mainly it goes like hell, and hooooly sh*$
A track car with the ability to take it to the streets, where it
may be dangerous, but hey if you are not living on edge, you are
taking up too much space. A fine build with the end goal of going
in a straight line and doing so as fast as possible...mission
accomplished, you've got a bunch of guys ready to turn blue here at
Classic Auto Mall.
13-Nova Inline 6cyl
27-2 Door Sedan
W-Willow Run, MI Assy Plant
123287-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
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vehicle in person.