Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
The recipe is as old as the automobile itself. Take a fast 350 V8 engine, mate it to a quick-shifting 4-speed and stuff it into the smallest, lightest body you have. This slick-restored 1971 Chevrolet Nova takes it to the next level as a very potent X-body that's both beautifully built and very fast. Finished in Silver Metallic over a black interior, this is a head-turning muscle car that's ready for some fun.
Purposely built to attract attention, this dialed-in Nova was nicely dressed in a modern coat of Silver Metallic paint that looks positively sinister, especially augmented with the SS stripes on the hood and decklid, and Baldwin Motion style hockey stripes down the flanks. From what we can tell it's been a solid car all its life, so it likely didn't take a lot of work to make it this straight, although it's a lot nicer than the factory workmanship generally was. Good gaps all around indicate that someone knew what they were doing and cared enough to spend a lot of time getting it all lined up just right, and the doors and trunk open and close with precision thanks to new weather-stripping. There's no way of knowing whether it's a real SS without a factory build sheet (although we're leaning toward it just being a solid, straight-up Nova), but it's certainly got the look with SS badges in the billet grille and real valance, not to mention the SS-style stripes. Chrome items like the bumpers are beautifully done and are brand new reproduction items, and the rest of the trim has been polished and is in decent condition, especially when it sparkles in the sun up against the silver paint.
Inside, you'll find a cool stock-type, black vinyl bench seat interior, which always works in a killer car like this with lighter paint and dark stripes. The Hurst shifter sticking out of the transmission tunnel like that has a cool industrial look, especially when topped with white cue-ball knob, and the big vinyl dash is free of cracks and looks original. The original gauges are still in the factory bezel, now augmented by a tachometer on the steering column and a trio of auxiliary gauges hanging down low to help monitor the engine's vitals. An AM/FM/MP3 stereo lives in the dash and powers a great Kenwood stereo system inside, and the grippy three-spoke steering wheel looks brand new and is incredibly comfortable, but aside from that, it appears stock inside with great workmanship on the seat covers, door panels, and matching black carpets. Out back, the spacious trunk is nicely finished with correct spatter paint and a vinyl mat, providing plenty of room to accommodate for most travel plans.
Under the hood, you'll find a stout 350 cubic inch motor with a lot of flashy jewelry, including a set of double hump heads for some added punch. Polished aluminum Chevrolet valve covers and a shiny Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold with an Edelbrock 600CFM 4-barrel carburetor sitting on top. Long-tube headers dump into a thumping H-pipe Flowmaster dual exhaust system, and if there's one word to describe the mechanicals in this car, it's STRONG. A 4-speed spins a 10-bolt that should last virtually forever in this lightweight package, especially with 3.73 gears that make it very relaxing on the highway, or right off the line when you want to light up at a red light. Power options are lacking but in a lightweight car like this Nova, it's all very manageable. American Racing Torque Thrust wheels complete the slick package and wear staggered 225/50/17 front and 255/50/17 rear blackwall radials.
This is a tastefully done car that has had a lot more than the asking price spent on it. Slick paint over a straight, clean body, that strong 350 under the hood, and a nicely refinished interior all add up to a great car you can drive and enjoy without a second thought. Always popular with Chevy fans, this Nova is a great-looking, practical, and surprisingly fast car that will make you smile every time you turn the key. Call today!
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