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1966 Chevrolet

Nova Coupe


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Body Color
Engine Size
355 V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic

1966 Chevrolet Nova Coupe

1966 Chevrolet Nova Coupe

A Pro Street car must be drag racing oriented and have wheel tubs under the back end that allow for oversized, very wide tires to be fit under the stock body. That's a fact. As for my opinion, a Pro Street car is typically also stock bodied and ostensibly street driven. When the style originated in the mid to late '70s, it was inspired by the NHRA drag racing Pro Stock class of the mid '70s, hence where the "Pro" in Pro Street came from. In the late '80s, Pro Street included everything from tubbed cars with back-half-only custom suspension to full-tube-chassis cars—meaning only the body was stock and the chassis was completely hand fabricated. At this time, Pro Street was considered kind of a poser deal, with the magazines focusing on wild show cars, (most notably Rick Dobbertin's Pontiac J2000), that rarely if ever drove outside of a fairground car show. Thx to David Freibuger.

The Chevy II Nova was long known for being a thrifty grocery getter, a second car for the wife if you will. Our consignor went all out for this transformation from grocery getter to drag race winner. For consignment, a 1966 Nova in blinding yellow and definitely not the poser version of Pro Street. A built small block chevy mill, skinny and fat tires, a fuel cell, and the all-around look that says, "Are you ready to race?".

Brighter than the sun yellow covers all the straight steel, and it appears with well minded gaps. Badging is all there, and presents nicely, almost like new. A reverse facing scooped hood has been installed and gives one of the many hints that this car is no longer the wifey's bridge club runabout. Bumpers and elongated egg crate grille are clean, dimple and rust free. Lightly tinted glass and glass trim is all sorted nicely, as is the side view chromed mirror and bright shiny door handles. Weld DragLite wheels and 29x15.50-15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires are on the rear and 165R15's on the front.

Not only restored but upgraded as well and ready to race, to bring us from the 1960's up into the 1990's. We see dark charcoal buckets in leather and huge wheel tubs that now occupy the space where the rear seat once resided. An 8-point roll bar has been installed to keep the driver and passenger safe and sound in case things go awry. The dash retains most of its originality, but has a column mounted tachometer, as well as a trio of under dash mounted gauges to driver's right. A factory console races between the seats and has the original tee handle shifter protruding. A sea of black carpet floods the floors while a tight black headliner hangs above.

A 350ci V8 bored to a consignor stated 355ci is the heart of this ground pounder. It is fed by a 4bbl carburetor and is dressed with a chrome air cleaner assembly and valve covers. This mill is backed up by a TH350 3-speed automatic that sends power back to a narrowed Ford 9" rear axle.

All clean and no rust environment presenting nicely. Frame is solid, floor pans are good and show some replacement and extra reinforcement, and the suspension is all buttoned up. Headers send spent fossils out the sides of the car via a pair of Flowmaster mufflers. We note drum brakes on all 4 corners.

Currently set up for maximum power, I leave the driving to our professional decoder, and self-described muscle car freak. Of course, I went along for the ride, and I can tell you it was a kick in the pants. This car is set up to go straight and does so very well. I kind of enjoyed the kick ass mode and managed not to soil my khakis.

An interesting non poser Pro Street car which can take charge with most stuff they will throw at you on the street. Comfortable modern bucket seats keep you firmly planted during those hard launches and the big tires keep the power stuck to the pavement.

18-Chevy II Nova SS V8
37-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
N-Norwood, OH Assy Plant
101111-Sequential Unit Number

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