One glance is all it takes to understand what this 1968 Chevrolet
Nova is all about. 496 cubic inches, big nitrous bottle, huge
tires, and a cage. There's more race car DNA here than street car,
but with a little work, it could probably be made street-legal.
Either way, this is one nasty Nova.
This car is all about walking softly and carrying a big stick, and the cool dark green paint job is certainly part of it. The Nova was all-new in 1968 and it was a great design that lends itself well to the pro-street treatment, accommodating a big engine and big tires without radical body mods, so it's instantly recognizable even today. There's a tall cowl-induction hood that clears a rather large carburetor, but otherwise the bodywork appears to be unmodified. The green paint is good for a race car and we like the way they pretty much covered all the bright stuff to give this car a purposeful look. Satin black stripes have a vaguely Yenko-like look, and race car details like the hood pins and cowl-mounted gauge pod. Out back there are jump stubs and a kill switch, so you know it's built for the track and takes it seriously. For a race car, it fits together nicely and even the doors open and close easily, suggesting that the tub hasn't been tweaked by the horsepower.
The interior is pure racer grade, with twin lightweight buckets, 5-point harnesses, and zero creature comforts. Carpets and stock door panels remind you that this was once a production car, but that's about it. A full cage with a net in back and removable door bars reinforces the whole structure and keeps it safe at the speeds the engine is capable of generating. The aluminum dashboard eschews things like a radio and A/C and instead goes for industrial rocker switches, a ton of gauges, and a trick CSC air shifter that never misses a beat. There is a back-up camera, remarkably enough, but that's for getting it lined up just right at the track although we can see that it might be useful on the street. The rear seat area is fully tubbed and the trunk is stripped to the bare minimums to save weight.
Under the fiberglass hood, you'll find a 496 cubic inch Chevrolet big block that's built to run and run hard. There's the aforementioned Holley carb on top of an Edelbrock high-rise intake, an MSD ignition with 2-step limiter, Canfield aluminum heads with Ferra valves inside, plus a nitrous plate under the carb that isn't currently hooked up, but easily could be. A giant aluminum radiator with an electric fan keeps it cool in the staging lanes and an electric pump feeds the high-octane fuel directly to the carb. You can tell that there's big money in this big block, as it's beautifully detailed and carefully assembled with a racer's minimalist touch. The 2-speed automatic powerglide snaps through the gears and you'll note that those long-tube headers don't even bother connecting to an exhaust system, so be ready for the thunder. Out back, it runs what appears to be a GM 14-bolt rear end, which is virtually indestructible. Adjustable ladder bars with coil-over shocks work with those giant 29x18.5-15 Mickey Thompson meats to put the power down.
Not quite a street car, this is one heck of a beast that's ready to race or you can upgrade it to make it one of the nastiest street cars we've ever seen. Call today!
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