1966 Chevrolet Nova
Chevrolet designer Clare MacKichan recalled about creating the
Chevy II: "There was no time for experimentation or doodling around
with new ideas from either the engineers or from us in design; And
it had to be a basic-type car." "I think that was the quickest
program we ever did at any time," he continued. "We worked night
and day on that car, and it didn't take very long to run it through
our shop because we had a deadline. " And that's what made the
Chevy II one of the fastest new-car development programs in GM
history - just 18 months after the designers got the green light,
the first production Chevy II rolled off the Willow Run, Michigan,
assembly line in August 1961, in time for its September 29
introduction. Unlike the Corvair, the 1962 Chevy II was
deliberately never intended to be revolutionary in concept or
execution; its mission was to give Chevrolet buyers a simple,
back-to-the-basics compact car. When he announced the Chevy II to
the press, Chevrolet General Manager Ed Cole described the car as
offering "maximum functionalism with thrift."
And now for something completely different!....A 1966 Chevrolet
Nova with its classic exterior metal looks, nicely preserved
chrome, a two tone paint job, and some 20 inch wheels, jacked up
suspension and a large side pipe exhaust this car could be a
gasser/come resto-mod come donk come one of a kind creation with a
powerful engine thrown in for extra giggles!
Retaining its original panels and chrome trimmings, she's all
bathed in black with a silver accenting top and silver rockers.
Gaps are fairly well aligned, and all chromed trimmings are good. A
few faults like chips and some scratches are seen in the paint but
minimal at best. Flares are hung on all 4-wheel wells to give room
for the big rubber. Save for the fly 20-inch bling wheels and
rubber band tires, and big side piped exhaust she looks mostly
original, mild mannered and capable of completing the suburban mom
go get the groceries look. Although it is in reality, nothing but
this, it had the capabilities to be a borderline city cruising
Shades of the Kaiser with some experimental faux alligator vinyl
inserts in brown gracing the black bolstered buckets in front and
the rear 2 plus 2 with some extra room rear bench. All seats are
excellent and float in a sea of new black carpeting. Door panels
are straight as arrows, and sport black horizontal ribbed vinyl
panels with metal gray painted surrounds. The dash is original with
the speedo and gauges behind a somewhat faded and cloudy plastic
covering. All else is original, and now in the center is an
AM/FM/Touchscreen sound system complete with a backup camera.
Rising from the hump is a long lever Hurst shifter. Directly above
is a newly installed headliner, nice and tight and in black. All
this in a passenger compartment encapsulated in tinted glass to be
more badass. And the alligator inserts are simply....snappy!
Courtesy of 1976, a 454ci displacement V8 now under this hood with
its top end just rebuilt (cylinder head work, new camshaft,
lifters, and timing set for reliability done in 7-2020), it is all
looking just fabulous inside the restored engine bay. The correct
red/orange Chevrolet block has chromed valve covers, a chromed air
cleaner cover, and a new aluminum radiator. On top is a 4-barrel
Quadrajet carburetor, and on back a TH350 3-speed automatic. A
Chevy truck provides the 14-bolt rear and exhaust gasses are aided
by headers and a Bigguns! exhaust system.
Sine previous problematic invasive rust has made some holes in the
floorpans at various places seen in the photos of this
undercarriage. It appears as though a new trunk pan has been
inserted over previous damage; some newer steel panels have been
welded into the floors along with some reinforcing angle iron
throughout. Suspension is leaf springs on all 4 corners along with
a straight axle up front, and now disc brakes reside all over.
A quick fire up with a thunderous roar and it was off to the races
where we did a nice cruise, has great acceleration, and is nothing
like the original car as to performance, now greatly enhanced.
Riding high and totally fly, making noise and turning heads of all
the boyz, a custom NOVA from 1966 now in its interesting and
totally unique form. Pump up the volume and get redonkulous....it's
16-Chevy II 400, Nova V8
37-2 Door Coupe
N-Norwood, OH Assy Plant
151966-Sequential Unit Number
03E-5th Week March Build
ST 6611637-1966 Chevy II 400 Nova 2 Door Coupe
BDY N103760-Norwood Body #
TR 716-A-Light Fawn Standard Interior
PNT T-T-Sandalwood Tan
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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
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