Good luck finding another vehicle that will give you V8 power, rear-wheel drive, documentation, low miles, and a ton of originality for less than this 1976 Chevy Nova Concours. Seriously, if you want a nice entry-level hobby car, this relatively rare Nova offers a ton of appeal and lots of potential.
When was the last time you saw one of these? 1979? The concours was the Nova SS's cushy luxury-oriented brother and gets a few upscale touches like the padded roof and some extra chrome. It sure looks like it's lived its life someplace warm because the bodywork is straight and it's quite clean underneath, and just about everything you can touch was installed back in 1976. It's not a big dollar car, but someone has given it excellent care over the past four decades, and it really shows. Fit is quite good, with long doors that show even gaps and a trunk that latches with a gentle touch, and you know that with original paint there are no scary secrets hiding underneath. Is it perfect? No, but it's far better than most of its siblings at this point, and it'll show up at events and everyone will reminisce about the one they used to own. In typical Chevy fashion, this Concours received an ornate chrome grille and the requisite script badges and all the chrome is surprisingly well-preserved.
The tan vinyl interior appears to be entirely original as well, a further testament to how well-preserved and cared for this vehcile is. The front bench will look familiar to any GM fan of the period, and the Nova Concours borrowed its steering wheel from the more upscale Oldsmobile line to help with the luxurious look. The instrument panel is standard Nova, which means a wide rectangular speedo and a fuel gauge, all wrapped in some faux woodgrain, but there's also factory A/C, which is rather rare, as well as an ancient AM/8-track radio that was cutting-edge tech in 1976. The back seat looks virtually untouched since 1976 and the carpets are in excellent shape with only very minor fading that's mostly covered by a set of rubber mats The trunk is sizable and solid, still carrying what may very well be the original spare tire
The original window sticker specifies a 305 cubic inch V8 under the hood, and that's what's there today. With good torque and a vast array of upgrade options, there's just nothing like a small block Chevy in your mid-sized Nova. It's totally stock and very nicely detailed, looking almost showroom fresh with bright Chevy Orange paint on the engine itself. The factory air cleaner inhales through a correct hose, a part that's always degraded, and you'll note that all the original A/C equipment is intact and fully functional thanks to an R134a refrigerant upgrade. A TH350 3-speed automatic links to a 2.73 gear set out back, so it cruises easily on the highway and sounds suitably hushed through what might be the original exhaust system. Factory-issue wheels are a sporty take on the Rally and wear 205/75/14 whitewall radials.
Documented with its original window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, owner's manual, registrations, and maintenance records, this is a fantastic survivor that will wow crowds for not a lot of cash. As such, it's worthy of respect. Give us a call today!