BIG 470 CI LUNATI ROLLER V8, 592 HP, KEITH BLACK PISTONS, BRODIX HEADS, FORD 9"
This 1973 Chevrolet Nova hatchback isn't as fast as it looks... it's even faster. With a massive 470 cubic-inch V8, and plenty of go-fast components, you'll never believe the bargain price.
It's obvious from the moment you lay eyes on this coupe that it's no ordinary Nova. The paint has a sparkle that leaves it somewhere between candy apple red and deep burgundy. It's even a rare hatchback model, which was produced in far less numbers than the standard coupe. But that's not what's really grabbing your attention. It's probably the large power-dome hood complete with hoodpins. You can also easily see that the rear set of Weld Prostar wheels carries much wider tires. All of this tells you there is some serious power that's trying to be harnessed in this Nova.
You get more hints of this car's power upgrades when you open the door. The black vinyl front bucket seats are newer and carry better grip and bolstering. In between those buckets is a fire extinguisher, as well as a performance Hurst Quarter Stick shifter that features launch control. When you slip behind the wheel, you'll notice it's a grippy Grant sport unit. Don't be dismayed by the original factory speedometer. The full panel unit is bright and clearer than just about anything you could pick up on the aftermarket. To the right of it is a full set of auxiliary gauges, including a huge shiftlight tachometer, mounted high so you can't miss it. No radio; no problem. One turn of the key, and the thundering exhaust note will make you forget about anything on the FM dial.
Take one look under the hood, and you'll know what all the fuss is about. No Nova got a 454 cubic-inch big-block motor from the factory, but that's far from the only thing that makes this one so special. The block was built to 470 ci, and done professionally by Fessler Racing Engines in Troy, MO. It includes a Brodix top end combo (intake, head, springs, etc.), Lunati hydraulic roller cam, Lunati lifters, Scat steel crank & rods, Cloyes gear drive, MSD ignition, and Keith Black pistons. The exhaust runs into Hooker competition length headers on its way through a FlowMaster dual exhaust system, with performance H-pipe construction. Not only does it sound amazingly aggressive, but also the full package is rated at a whopping 592 hp! Getting all this power to the ground starts with the stout TH350 three-speed automatic, with 3,500 RPM stall converter. It then goes to a Ford nine-inch rear end, running a 4.11 ratio for serious power takeoffs. You know this was built to reliably hookup with the pavement with features like the subframe connectors and the full set of sticky Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires (including the wide 275/60R15 rubber in the rear.) There's even plenty of control over this wild beast thanks to features like the power steering and front disc brakes.
We've got the full file on this one including the maintenance records and over $12K in restoration receipts. But all you really need to know is there's a plaque on the dash that reads, "Never drive faster than you angel can fly." Hurry up before someone realizes how much speed is here for so little money. Call today!!
- Build Receipts
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Maintenance Records
- Transmission Spec
- Rear End
- Ford 9"
- Front Suspension
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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