427CI BIG BLOCK, 700R4 O/D TRANS, LEATHER BUCKET SEATS, FRONT DISCS & MORE!
Chevy's all-new Nova hit the streets in 1968 and despite its mission as a modestly-sized, affordable car, the engineers at GM made sure that a big block would fit comfortably under the hood. Because of this, cars like this 1969 Nova make for some very impressive street machines, with this one offering a thumping 427 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 burgundy coupe. The finish is a few years old and gives the car a grown-up look. No stripes, no spoilers, not even any fake SS badges, just a cowl induction hood that seems perfectly appropriate. The whole car fits together rather well with doors that close easily, a hood that fits flush, and just a bit of rake to accentuate the Nova's semi-fastback profile. Up close, you'll note that the badges on the front fenders read '427' which surely causes some consternation in other cars at red lights, and the '69 Nova's grille is a very attractive design that seems to wrap around the headlights. Chrome bumpers, a bit of polished stainless, and shaved badges result in one clean-looking Nova.
You can tell the interior was built for combat, however, as the high-back buckets, small-diameter 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 nicely upholstered black seats and it's a nice touch that the rear bench was finished to match. White-faced Auto Meter gauges fill the stock dashboard, which also includes an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit. An under-dash A/C unit blends in so seamlessly that you almost don't notice that it's there and a late-model tilt steering column is a nice addition. Heavy-duty black rubber mats protect the carpets, which appear to be fairly recent, and the door panels are probably too nice to be original but are very accurate reproductions. The trunk is surprisingly spacious, even with an Optima battery mounted back there, and it's all lined in black carpets to give the car a very finished appearance.
The badges say 427, and with a 427 crank inside a 454 block, that's exactly what it is. It's a tight fit, but with a smaller power brake booster and chrome master cylinder, there's a little extra room to work with, and with the cowl hood, the Edelbrock intake and Holley carb fit without problems. A late-model serpentine belt drive powers newer accessories for reliability, a setup that also necessitates an electric fan for the aluminum radiator, so it stays cool in traffic. Long-tube headers and twin Flowmaster mufflers offer a very impressive exhaust note and even with that big block up front, the 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission keeps it calm and quiet on the highway. The 10-bolt rear end is sturdy enough for street duty in the relatively lightweight Nova and the chassis has been reinforced with subframe connectors and monoleaf rear springs, as well as front disc brakes. A slightly raked stance comes complements of staggered 195/65/15 front and 255/60/15 rear radials on polished Weld Pro-Star wheels.
Nicely built, attractive, and impressively fast, this Nova offers everything you'd want in a vintage muscle car. Call today!
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- AM/FM Radio
- CD Changer
- Front Disc Brakes
- Leather Seats
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
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