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Chevy's all-new Nova hit the streets in the late-'60s and despite its mission as a modestly-sized, affordable car, the engineers at GM left plenty of room for imaginative builds in the future. Because of this, cars like this 1970 Chevrolet Nova make for some very impressive street machines, with this one offering a strong-running 400 V8 in that lightweight 2-door sedan body shell. And as you can imagine, performance is entertaining to say the least.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's have a look at this handsome Light Gray coupe. The finish is an attention-grabber, and gives the car a definite performance look, finished to a strong driver quality a few years back and holding very up well today. Silver LeMans-style stripes were painted on for contrast, and an aggressive (bit not too tall and obnoxious) cowl hood with hood pins was included for some added punch, and when you couple those with this Nova's predatory rake, it looks like it's going 100MPH just standing still. The paint is in good shape and a vast improvement over the car's original Code 58 Autumn Gold, fitting the theme of a muscle car just right, without looking over the top. Silver stripes are different enough that the car stands out in a crowded field, and you can tell a lot of care went into the freshening, although this is definitely a driver, not a show car. It fits together rather well with doors that close easily and shut flush, a hood that lines up well, and just a bit of rake to accentuate the Nova's semi-fastback profile. Always a favorite of Chevy fans, the '70 Nova's egg-crate grille is a very attractive design that seems to wrap around the headlights, and we really love the fact the builders didn't slap a bunch of fake SS badges all over the place, electing instead to keep the car honest. Chrome bumpers, a bit of polished stainless, and original-style Nova badges finish off this very clean chunk of vintage muscle.
You can tell the interior was built for combat, however, as the high-back buckets, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and B&M shifter all give it away. The Nova's no-frills attitude gives way to a bit of modern comfort that includes those swapped-in, late-model front seats and it's a nice touch that the rear bench fits three, although matching the colors might be a project for the future. Factory gauges fill the horizontal dashboard, and they're joined by a trio of Equus units installed underneath that keep a closer eye on the upgraded drivetrain. The original AM radio has been replaced by an AM/FM/Cassette likely ages ago, so if you want tunes you'll need an upgrade, and there's no working HVAC either. Thankfully, the aftermarket is ripe with pieces that will slide right in, so the cabin could be upgraded fairly easily. The carpets are fresh and are protected with black vinyl mats, and the door panels are probably too nice to be original, are very accurate reproductions that give it a factory look. Out back, the trunk is surprisingly spacious and shows off just how solid this Noa really is, and it comes outfitted with a proper full-sized spare tire and jack set.
Pop the fiberglass hood and enjoy the view, where a nicely detailed 400 V8 small block was installed in between the satin inner fenders. Chevy Orange engine enamel on the block helps it pop, as does the chrome air cleaner and matching valve covers, and even components like the hoses, plug wires, and brake booster are all newer components that show this engine has been very recently attended to. Up top, there's a Holley 4-barrel carburetor on an aluminum intake manifold, an HEI ignition help with a quick spark, and long-tube headers shore up the 400's torque curve. Twin Flow-Pro mufflers offer a very impressive exhaust note, and the beefy TH350 3-speed automatic transmission spins a robust 10-bolt rear end sturdy enough for street duty in the relatively lightweight Nova. The undercarriage isn't overly detailed, but obviously very solid with what appears to be red primer oxide still on the floor pans and signs of maintenance throughout the suspension components. That raked stance comes complements of cool 15-inch Rallys and staggered 165/80/15 front and 255/65/17 rear performance radials that fill the fenders perfectly.
Nicely built, attractive, and impressively fast, this Nova offers everything you'd want in a vintage muscle car. Call today!