1972 Chevrolet Nova SS
1972 Chevrolet Nova SS
It's the classic cautionary tale about the pitfalls of doing business in foreign countries that can be found in hundreds (if not thousands) of books about marketing: General Motors introduced their Chevrolet Nova model of automobile into a Spanish-speaking market, then scratched their heads in puzzlement when it sold poorly. GM executives were baffled until someone finally pointed out to them that “nova” translates as “doesn't go” in Spanish. The embarrassed automobile giant changed the model name to the Caribe, and sales of the car took off. As the facts prove this is indeed a tall tale, however it lives on in internet infamy.
For consignment ripe for the picking here at Classic Auto Mall, this orange and black restored example is showing off as a very juicy pick from our inventory. With straight steel panels, nice chrome, beautiful interior and 15-inch polished Unique wheels we can have you orange with envy, and ready to turn the key and go off into the sunset albeit somewhat fast!
From its single headlight on either side upfront, blackened egg crate grille with centrally located SS badge, shiny trim surround and nice bumper below we are firmly planted in 1972 bowtie muscle. Straight orange painted steel minds its gaps and has a black side spear running the length of the car. On front we note wide black racing stripes which continue on the rear deck. For 1972 smooth long nicely descending B pillars frame the rear glass, and seamlessly melt into the trunk deck. A side view has great lines and bringing up the rear is a rounded back roll-on with wrap around bumper and tail lighting just above. On all 4 corners are Unique 15-inch polished wheels. Orange ya glad you can still read on..'cause you're gonna love it!
A swing of the doors and black vinyl molded with some horizontal ribbing, chrome levers and cranks, and a horizontal badge show up as straight as arrows on these door panels. Turning our attention to the interior, we see high back buckets with smooth black vinyl bolsters and stitched dark gray broadcloth inserts. These in front and a nice black full vinyl bench in back all float in a nice calm clean sea of black carpeting. Above in front is an original configuration dash direct from GM. The radio has been removed and is now a mere open hole area. In the center hanging from the bottom of the dash are a trio of aftermarket gauges monitoring water temp, oil pressure and volts. In the middle of the buckets protruding from the hump is a Hurst T style shifter with a white handle. Above is a nice tight headliner, save for on the “B” pillars some wrinkling is noted.
Pop the hood and within the restored engine bay now sits a V8 engine in 350ci form. It is painted orange on the block, and has chromed valve covers and air cleaner cover. A single 4-barrel carburetor runs through a Holley intake manifold, and power goes rearward through a Muncie M21 circa 1969. On the back is a 10-bolt rear, and the consigner states the gear ratio is 4.10 and is a posi-trac version.
Some slight surface rust but mostly black painted steel all straight and structurally sound is seen underneath. Floorpans and rockers are solid, and we note a front power disc brake conversion and the rear retains its drums. Headers evacuate spent gases from the mill and run rearward through Glasspack style muffler dual exhaust.
My partner in crime decoder and resident car expert (why do you think I sound so knowledgeable??!) loves early 1970's muscle so he took it for a spin and returned with just a smile on his face! He reported snappy acceleration, bias free panic stopping, good handling and all functions working just fab.
A juicy example of the Nova SS, now with a newer engine, some bling under the hood, a Hurst shifter, and broadcloth and vinyl buckets up front. Come on in for some muscle from 1972 and was out with a smile on your face sunshine! Drink it in baby!
27-2 Door Sedan
F-307ci V8 2bbl
W-Willow Run, MI Assy Plant
158679-Sequential Unit Number
ST 72 11427-1972 Nova V8 2 Door Sedan
BDY WRN064525-Willow Run Body #
TR 760-Dark Green Vinyl
PNT 43-Gulf Green
09D-4th Week September Build
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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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