1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
The 1960s Chevy II/Nova was one of Chevrolet's bestselling models and was sold as a compact car. It didn't take General Motors long to realize they could put some of their bigger engines in these cars and people would buy them for performance as well. Hence a Nova ad that states “The Sleeper Awakes”
Dignifying our showroom space here at Classic Auto Mall is this Nova SS Stunner. I say this because one look at the fit, finish, and paint on this car and you will not be able to restrain yourself from being impressed. A certainly assured job well done, very few faults, definitely a show car, however you do not need to be afraid of taking it out on the weekends and blow out of some the carbon buildup as dad used to say! A wizard of awes!
All nicely restored chrome and trim work dots this car from stem to stern, and is contrasted by very a nicely painted body in black. Just a few scratches on the paint here and there but really mostly unremarkable, we did note some rust bubbling on the lower quarter panels. Dual vents adorn the hood, and a fastback smoothly sloping rear deck give this Nova a very aerodynamic look for its time when aerodynamics were not usually a consideration. A side view shows this baby has a great stance, and the lower rocker trim is just a bit raked forward. Emphasizing this look are 17-inch polished American Racing Torque Thrust wheels with smaller 215/45R17's up front, and 245/45R17's on back. Through these wheels one can see larger brake discs and snappy big red calipers. Also for just a smidge of the menacing look, lightly tinted windows are all around. Tasteful, elegant, and an ass kicker all wrapped up in 1 will wish you down the yellow brick road.
Special, custom and red would be 3 great words to describe the customized interior. I'll throw a curve ball out there and start with the trunk which is totally customized, wrapped in red vinyl and pristine red carpet on the pan. On the vertical panel rising from the trunk pan are dual Kicker 10-inch speakers and on the sides some smaller tweeters. Moving upfront to the passenger compartment blazing red split bench saddles await which are covered in a tuck and roll suede cloth, and surrounded by smooth red bolsters. The front bench stretches from door panel to door panel which are also red, and done up real snazzy like with clean badging and chrome cranks with black knobs. Textural eye candy continues on the rear matching bench. Peering to the hood we note a custom dash with a simplified black smooth panel for the instrument cluster made up of white faced AutoMeter gauges airflow sliders and a digital Kenwood which is attached to a Custom Audio amplifier system, and then the rear woofers and tweeters. On the passenger side we have the autograph of Chip Foose, noted automotive designer who at one point ogled this car and thought it autograph worthy. Red carpet floods the floors, and is very clean as is a tight, you guessed it, red felted headliner.
Like a pair of Dorothy's slippers this engine bay gleams and screams, literally, for power and your attention. Just a beautifully finished engine bay, all spit shined, supple rubber hoses and the gleaming orange block, matte silver Edelbrock Performer 2.0 intake, and a chromed 427 badged air filter covering a 4-barrel Holley carb. This is a 454 V8 circa 1973-1990 which pushes power rearward to a 10-bolt rear through a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission.
The undercarriage has been the beneficiary of the brush and touchup wash with all rust free surfaces, a sturdy unibody frame with clean rockers and an X pattern 3 inch stainless steel exhaust. Noted are extra-large brakes along with new front shocks and springs.
With a turn of the key the 454ci V8 lights right up, and when you select D it goes forward, fast. With great acceleration, good handling, and easy to drive…the experience was very nice.
With this quality of a restoration/modification you almost cannot go wrong. Cars like this are ever increasing in value, and this one is definitely an eye catcher. I can hear it harkening now “I'll get you my pretty!”
13-Chevy II, Nova L6
27-2 Door Sedan
W-Willow Run, MI Assy Plant
236108-Sequential Unit Number
10E-5th Week October Build
ST 68 11427-1968 Chevy II 2 Door Sedan
BDY WRN11643-Willow Run Body #
TR 733-Black Standard Bench
PNT P2-Seafrost Green, Black Vinyl Top
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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