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For Sale: 1966 Chevrolet Nova in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1966 Chevrolet Nova Hardtop

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."

Minimalistic with maximum function, thrift, not revolutionary in concept or execution, a compact grocery getter, pick the kids up kinda car, here in our Hallowed Halls. It is nearly so pedestrian you would walk by it and never notice it. However, this does not detract from its charm, an important place in Chevrolet history fulfilling a need for the masses. Breathe in this always garage kept 1966 Chevy II Nova hardtop with its upgraded engine, new brakes, fresh seats and new shocks.

With a respray of shiny red on the body and roof, we see nicely applied paint with a few areas of repairs showing through, competing equally with beautiful chrome and trimmings. A straight grille, single fender mounted headlight and nicely minded gaps throughout, this car has obviously received its fair share of TLC in its lifetime. Some side spear trimmings dress up the long slab sides and Camaro SS style hood stacks have been added to detract from this fairly mild-mannered looking car. Rally wheels in 15-inch format with blindy caps and trim rings are wrapped in 225/70R14 like new blackwall rubber, and if you look closely you'll catch a glimpse of a touch of Nova SS feel from the body. Make some noise!

Straight but lightly soiled white vinyl and some chrome accenting, cranks and handles and some tuck and rolling for the door panels framed by black sills above and black carpet down low are a preview of what's to come. Slipping inside, snappy new 60's style buckets grab your eye and your butt with tuck and roll bolsters, and smooth inserts in black vinyl. These buckets have low rise headrests atop their backs and in rear is a matching styled bench that looks like it's never been sat in. Black carpeting is flooding the floors and in front above the carpeting is an original simple dash. Riding the hump between the buckets is a black console with a brushed aluminum and chrome topper that holds the shifter and small storage compartment. On the steering column is now mounted a Sun Super Tach II tachometer and this fronts the original gold padded dash with the factory instrument cluster. Dash central has an aluminum panel with more gauges where the factory radio once did reside. Above is a tight but torn white vinyl headliner. It is missing the dome light cover and shows a fair amount of staining and mold.

With the original engine long gone, a 350ci V8 now resides between the red painted inner fenders. It has Edelbrock aluminum heads and a 4-barrel Edelbrock 600cfm carburetor with a polished intake. On the back is a TH400 3-speed automatic and we note that headers are on. The block is painted the beautiful GM orange/red, but it's hard to spot with all of the chrome accenting that has been added. Now appearing on the rear axle which is in 10 bolt format. It's just a quick grocery getter now!

Underneath is just factory black with even little to no dirt, and some light surface rusting. We note some prior repairs to the flooring but all is now structurally solid. Traction bars are on back along with leaf springs and drum brakes. In front independent coil springs and more drums. The aforementioned headers snake their way down from the engine and connect to dual exhaust with Turbo mufflers. All very clean, a nice job under here with new shocks all the way around as well as new brake drums, hoses, hardware, wheel cylinders and master cylinder.

Out test driver called this a tad stodgy in appearance, but said it was a pleasure to drive, as it started quickly, drove great, all options worked flawlessly and was an overall tight car to drive. Definitely an A on the report card.

A very nice upkeep/restoration with a now bigger engine, and some performance extras. Owned by our consignor for the past 3 years and has been in his family for the past 25, still looking very mid 60's on the interior and it's pretty much suburban transportation preserved nicely, but with an underlying kick. The beauty of an engine bay, all ready to play like it's 1966.


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Vehicle Details

  • 1966 Chevrolet Nova
  • Listing ID: CC-1669312
  • Price: $32,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1966
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Nova
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:161770
  • Stock Number:4556
  • VIN:115376N165003
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