CORRECT SS IN DASH TACH, 400CI SMALL BLOCK, REFINISHED SS WHEELS, B&M SHIFTER
Built for combat, this 1971 Chevrolet Nova doesn't even pretend to be factory correct. Instead, it's got big block power in a small block package, a bulletproof driveline, and a no-frills attitude that invites you to hammer the throttle without a second thought to anything else.
The lightweight Nova is a perennial favorite among guys who prefer speed over flash, but this '71 SS is hardly race car raw. The electric blue paint is recent and with a proper cut and buff it'll look truly spectacular. The bodywork underneath is quite good and with a cowl-induction hood up front, it's got a traditional Chevy performance look that hints at what's in store without being super obvious about it. We've always liked the chiseled look of the Nova, and all the evidence we have suggest that this is a real-deal SS, which in 1971 wasn't much more than a trim package, but to Chevy guys, those two little letters make a world of difference. It appears that most of the trim is original and in good shape, perhaps not as fresh as the paint, but certainly usable as-is without any complaints. And while there are still '350' badges on the front fenders, the upgraded small block under the hood today definitely brings the thunder.
The black and tan interior is an interesting combination we haven't seen before in a stock Nova, and it actually works rather well with the electric blue paint job and is a welcome relief from the usual black vinyl. Factory buckets are in good condition and matching door panels look quite fresh save for the armrests that are a bit faded. The B&M T-handle shifter suggests that this car is serious in its performance aspirations, but the custom cup holders tucked in behind it says that it's also street-friendly. Factory instrumentation covers nothing more than speed and fuel level, but a trio of auxiliary gauges is fitted under the dash to keep an eye on the engine's vitals. There's also a JVC AM/FM/CD stereo head unit in the dash with speakers in the kick panels and on the rear package shelf, so it sounds great for when you're not running hard. The trunk is also nice and clean with spatter paint like the factory did it.
So about those '350' badges... That is indeed a small block under the hood, but it's a 400 cubic inch V8 that carries big cubic inches without the big weight. Thanks to numerous upgrades like a gear drive for the camshaft, double-hump heads, an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold, and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, it cackles and snarls like a big horsepower piece while looking pretty stock. Chevy Orange paint on the block and heads give it a traditional look and the entire engine bay is remarkably clean with great service access for quick tuning at the track. A bulletproof TH400 3-speed automatic will stand up to all the power the 400 can dish out, and with 3.73s in the 12-bolt out back, it's insanely fast off the line. Long-tube headers can only help and Flowmaster mufflers give it that sharp snarl that's familiar to anyone who has driven a big-inch small block. It sits right and a set of traction bars out back make the most of the contact patch and factory SS wheels give it a classic high-performance look.
For big performance at a small price, the Nova has been a favorite for decades. With a build designed for one thing only, this car provides a ton of fun for not a lot of cash. Call today!
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Seatbelts (Front)
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Vinyl Interior
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