1973 Chevrolet Nova SS Clone
For decades much of the classic car world has been broken down into
two distinct schools of thought: those who believe automobiles
should be kept or restored to as original as possible, and those
who are willing to mix-and-match drivetrains, trim, and features
from a specific era in order to create the vehicle they want to
drive. It's important to mention that the second group doesn't
refer to restomods, or the modernization of classic metal. Rather,
it's composed of owners who have no qualms about taking a regular
Chevelle Coupe and transforming it into an SS. The practice is
called 'cloning,' and it's been a part of the collector car
landscape for as long as the hobby has existed.
For consignment, a 1973 Nova SS Clone Car. The beneficiary of a
restoration, now has a 454ci V8 bored .030 over. All looking
stunning in its burnt orange paint, new gauges, comfy racing
buckets complete with 5-point racing seat belts, and a B&M
shifter. Check it out!
With the front subframe removed from the body, all was sandblasted,
and any rust remediation took place at this time. Body panels are
now laser straight, gaps are well minded and paint is a very nice
quality. The car retains its original grille, however the shiny
bumper below is now painted in burnt orange metallic like the
remainder of the body. A hood with a large rearward facing scoop is
on and some of the side window trimmings have been painted as well.
Badging is correct for an SS and a sweeping rear trunk and rear
window can be seen gracefully ending in another painted burnt
orange bumper. A large chromed side pipe peeks out either side just
before the rear wheel well, we can see traction bars on the rear.
15-inch American Racing polished Torque Thrust wheels are wrapped
by all season radials. Noted are a few areas of some minor rust
bubbling (roof area near drip edges) and a few larger scratches
within this nice paint.
When it was all apart, a roll bar was welded in to reduce the
chances of any twisting of the chassis and for added safety. Then
large comfy racing buckets were put in. The rear seat was removed,
(still will come with the car if you want it), and some 5-point
racing seat belts have been installed into the front buckets. Along
the complete redux, we now see a new dash complete with white faced
Autometer gauges all neatly inset into a field of black vinyl. New
black carpeting floods the floors and a B&M shifter is mounted
neatly into the hump. A new tight black vinyl headliner is above
the roll bar, and all glass is excellent condition. Noted now
occupying the rear cargo area is a stainless-steel fuel cell and a
battery in a plastic case. Door panels have been modified to
accommodate the roll bar.
Under the hood in a completely restored engine bay is now stuffed
with a 454ci big block V8 which has been bored .030 over. Edelbrock
aluminum heads and a "Performer" Edelbrock intake manifold with a
Holley 850cfm carburetor atop. Also within the aluminum heads are a
Crane cam setup, and Hooker headers. All this within the pristine
engine bay looking spectacular. A Turbo 350 transmission with heavy
duty clutches is worked by a B&M shifter. A 10-bolt rear axle
is on the back and is fitted with an Auburn posi unit.
With a sub frame cleaned, brushed and painted with Por 15 so now we
see a field of black all buttoned up metal. Totally rust free with
dual side exit exhaust, new traction bars, all stainless-steel
brake lines. Consigner also states that all bearings, bushings, and
body mounts are new. Frame connectors are on now as well. Front
disc brakes and rear drums are providing the whoa factor.
This car fires up with a mighty roar which is music to the high
performance engine person's ears. On the test track it has
wonderful acceleration that goes on and on. Decent handling but
probably built to go more in a straight line. Bias free panic
stopping and it was a thrill ride overall.
A nice restoration and clone of the SS Nova, big block bored
engine, fuel cell, roll cage, racing seats, and it will go fast if
you put a little foot into it. All rust free and very nice overall
condition and a good job on the restification.
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.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.