STRONG RUNNING NOVA W/ 350 V8, AUTO, PB W/ FR DISC, GREAT LOOK AND SOUND!!!
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 Chevrolet Nova SS make for some very impressive street machines, with this one offering a strong-running 350 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 blue coupe. The finish is a few years old and gives the car a definite performance look. Traditional SS stripes, a cowl-induction hood, and the requisite SS badges give it that street swagger that practically defines the era. The paint is in good shape and does a fairly good impersonation of the original Marina Blue, perhaps a shade or two lighter. Silver stripes are familiar but different enough that the car stands out in a crowded field, and you can tell a lot of care went into the freshening. 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. Always a favorite of Chevy fans, the '69 Nova's grille is a very attractive design that seems to wrap around the headlights, and while it's probably original, it's in good shape. Chrome bumpers, a bit of polished stainless, and original-style Nova badges result in one clean-looking chunk of muscle.
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 also has new upholstery. Factory gauges fill the stock dashboard, and they're joined by an Auto Meter tach strapped to the steering column and a pair of auxiliary gauges in the usual spot underneath. The original AM radio has been replaced by an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit and the original heater/defroster unit is surprisingly effective. The carpets, which are in decent shape, and the door panels are probably too nice to be original, are very accurate reproductions that give it a factory look. The trunk is surprisingly spacious and is outfitted with a proper mat and a full-sized spare tire.
While the engine bay isn't all covered in chrome, the 350 cubic inch V8 is a great runner and moves the lightweight Nova without effort. It's a replacement block that's been rebuilt and stuffed with a giant cam that gives it that race car lope, and this car sounds menacing at idle, that's for sure! Up top, there's an Edelbrock intake manifold with a Quadra-Jet 4-barrel carburetor, and long-tube headers shore up the torque curve. Twin Flowmaster mufflers offer a very impressive exhaust note, especially with that big cam in the engine, and the beefy TH400 3-speed automatic transmission is probably overkill for even a hot small block. The 10-bolt rear end is sturdy enough for street duty in the relatively lightweight Nova and the chassis has been reinforced with traction bars on the rear axle, as well as front disc brakes. A slightly raked stance comes complements of those cool 17-inch Rally replicas and staggered 235/45/17 front and 255/40/17 rear performance radials.
Nicely built, attractive, and impressively fast, this Nova offers everything you'd want in a vintage muscle car. Call today!
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