For Sale: 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS in Pasadena, California


Vehicle Description

VIN: 1127WRN055549

71 = 1971

1 = Chevrolet

14 = Nova V8

27 = 2 door sedan

WRN = Willow Run, MI

055549 = sequence number



TR 754 = black vinyl bucket seats

13 = Nevada Silver

B = black vinyl roof

12D = December, fourth week

A = no additional exterior trim options


  • True SS Nova
  • 46,036 orignal miles
  • 383 stroker replacement motor
    • Camshaft: 230-234/.540
    • Heads: APE
    • Compression: 10.89
    • Holley EFI Snyper carbureator with control monitor
    • Headers
    • Less than 100 miles on the motor
  • Aluminum radiator with electric fan
  • New battery cables and engine wiring
  • Rebuilt Muncie 4-speed transmission
  • Hurst shifter
  • Rebuilt stock 12-bolt differential
  • New gas tank and fuel lines
  • Front power disk brakes
  • Aldan American front coil-over kit (450 lb springs)
  • RideTech rear suspension package (springs, shocks, bushings, sway bar, leaf springs)
  • Original black vinyl top
  • All original glass
  • BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires (215 60R/15 front; 245 60R/15 rear) purchased in 2019
  • Chrome disc brake rally wheel cap set with chrome trim rings


This 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS was owned by the seller’s father from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, at which point it was sold to a close family friend. The seller re-acquired the car from the family friend after his father’s passing and began a year-long upgrade in 2018. It is an original California car.

The original engine for this car was a 295 hp 350 cu in V8. As noted above, the Nova is now equipped with a turnkey “West Coast Special” 383 stroker motor sourced from WestCoast Engines (La Jolla, CA) in September 2018. The Holley Snyper system continues to calibrate optimal operating settings due to the relatively few miles put on the engine since installation. The original Muncie 4-speed transmission was rebuilt and powder coated. The original 12-bolt rear end was retained. New fuel lines, wiring and gas tank were installed. The suspension was upgraded front and back as noted above. All work was completed from 2018-19 by Jim Branham of Lake View Terrace, CA.

The body of the car is straight with no rust and the underside of the car is clean. There are some minor scratches as noted in the accompanying pictures. The vinyl top is in good shape with no tears or imperfections. All chrome trim is original and in good shape. The original seats and upholstery are in good condition, as is the headliner. All gauges, with the exception of the clock, are in good working order. The original tachometer is fully functional.

The car reportedly was rear-ended in the late 1990s under previous ownership. Although the accident did not damage the frame, and the body was repaired and repainted, the car was tabbed with a salvage title. Refer to the accompanying pictures of the rear of the car. The salvage title remains in the seller’s name.


The car starts without any issues and the engine is strong. The shifts are crisp and the clutch is and operates smoothly. The brakes have plenty of stopping power.

Recent maintenance (November 2020) includes an oil change and raising the front end slightly to eliminate minor tire rub.

Recommended maintenance includes replacing the electric fan, possibly with a dual fan unit, as it does not provide consistently sufficient airflow pull through the radiator. Minor transmission leak should be addressed but is not critical.


Contact: [email protected]

Vehicle Details

  • 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS
  • Listing ID:CC-1422397
  • Price:$35,250
  • Location:Pasadena, California
  • Year:1971
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Nova SS
  • Exterior Color:Nevada Silver
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:46036
  • Vinyl Roof:Yes
  • Restoration History:Partially Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • Seat Material:Vinyl
  • Bucket Seats:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Fuel Injection:Yes
  • Electronic Ignition:Yes
  • Stroked:Yes
  • Engine History:Replaced
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive

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