Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
The Chevrolet Nova has always been a fan favorite, mostly because it can handle pretty much any engine you care to use and with its lightweight bodywork, makes a formidable performer. Dress it in vibrant Dover White livery, stuff it full with a period correct 350 V8 small block V8, and add a raked stance atop a set of 'Old Styles', and you get a nasty little mid-sized Chevy with great performance and killer looks.
Built to cruise the streets and look great doing it, this slick Nova lived an easy life as a very solid Dover White 2-door sedan, so when it was time to restore this muscle car a huge overhaul wasn't necessary. There are no signs of major surgeries resulting from past indiscretions, just laser-straight sheetmetal and neatly aligned panels. The bright Code 50 Dover White paint is an original shade, faithfully repainted to a very high driver-quality level that can be shown off with great pride. The eye-searing color accents the performance attitude of the X-Body Nova, and the crouched stance leaves no question about this nasty little Nova's intentions. You can see in the reflections in our photo studio that the finish has an awesome gloss and a deep shine that suggests a decent pile of cash went into the paint job, and for an affordable hot-rod, this one fits together pretty darned well. A cowl induction hood is pretty much a given on any muscular Chevy, and it looks right at home on the Nova's classic bodywork, making it look fast just sitting still. The SS package was still available in '72, and this one wears a clean-looking SS grille and blacked-out tail panel, although they left off the engine badges on the hood, perhaps to keep the competition guessing. Bright chrome bumpers, nice stainless trim around the windshield, rocker trim molding, and correct 'SS' and '350' badges make this car look like a proper performance machine.
The interior is dressed just the way you'd want it if you were building it yourself: black vinyl. The no-nonsense look of the Nova lends itself rather well to the street fighter role it plays, and it's also all-day comfortable thanks to modern materials. The seat covers are recent replacements adorned in the original patterns and style, matching black carpets are plush and insulate the cabin from the outside elements, while the uber-clean door panels at the flanks feature a chrome and white accents that match the exterior paint scheme. This cabin was obviously purposely conceived and properly executed, with every component serving a genuine purpose that help drive this Nova into an upper echelon of driver-quality classics. The original gauges didn't tell you much about what was going on under the hood, so the builders neatly integrated auxiliary gauges under the dash, and there's a familiar sporty 3-spoke steering wheel with a Bowtie center cap that was swapped in favor of the original, bulky unit. As a column shift car, it's a 'set-it and forget-it' situation behind the wheel, especially with power steering helping the driver along, and for entertainment there's a Jensen AM/FM/Cassette stereo in the original slot. The trunk is surprisingly spacious and offers no surprises thanks to the exposed sheetmetal, protected by a couple coats of spatter-paint that wears like iron.
With a reasonable curb weight, the 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood provides heroic performance. The bright Chevy Orange engine looks appropriate popping out from the satin black inner fenders and firewall, and a few shiny dress-up pieces to make it look suitably intense when you open the hood. A Summit Racing 4-barrel carb on an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold help make some additional horsepower, there's an HEI ignition system that fires it up with ease, and although it definitely feels like there's an upgraded cam inside, this isn't a radical engine that will shake you out of the seat. Instead, it idles well, is responsive up and down the throttle, and should run very well for a good long time. It's tied to a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and a 10-bolt rear end, both hardy, reliable pieces of equipment themselves, and long-tube headers feed into a rather fresh dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers that give it a genuine hot rod sound. The mostly painted underside is clean, incredibly solid, but not over-detailed, and thanks to power steering, power front disc brakes, and a big aluminum radiator, this Nova can be driven regularly with great confidence. Big 17-inch American Racing Torque Thrust 'Old Style' wheels wrapped in 215/55/17 front and 235/50/17 rear blackwall radials look ideal, filling the wheel wells without causing clearance problems.
Dependable performance with the right muscle car look, this '69 Nova makes it easy to have fun straight away. Call today!
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