Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
This 1968 Chevrolet Nova is one of those super-cool pro-street cars that's got the right 'bad @ss' look and the power to back it up. While most old-school Pro Streeters are just barely disguised race cars, this one is finished with a high-impact paint job, a comfortable bucket-seat interior that includes A/C, power steering and brakes, and enough horsepower to easily explain those big slicks out back.
A lot of pro-street cars focus on the going fast part of the equation, but the other half is making it user friendly and great-looking, and this car gets it right. The reddish/orange paint is definitely an older job and not without its flaws, and although it's no longer as shiny and slick as it once was, it still turns a lot of heads everywhere it goes as an average driver-quality muscle car. That's in large part because it was laid down over straight bodywork, but also because of those hot-yellow flames that lick the hood and profiles. Although it was finished using lacquer paint probably a couple decades ago, it's held up fairly well considering the number of times it's blasted down the road like a bat out of hell, and the big cowl induction hood and that towering air cleaner add to the car's mystique. The two-door post body style is probably your best choice when you plan to channel a bunch of horsepower through it, so the doors fit well and probably will stay that way despite all that torque trying to twist it out of shape. Despite the substantial rake, they didn't have to stretch the rear wheel arches to fit the big meats under there, so it looks right with stock sheetmetal throughout. There's still a bit of factory trim in place, most notably the SS-style front grille and blacked-out tail panel, the bright fender 'gills' at the flanks, and the big front and rear bumpers that are the perfect endcaps for this wild party on wheels.
The interior is perfectly civilized for street use, with a little added hardware that adds to the Pro Street feel inside. Comfortable black bucket seats look pretty good up front, although the driver's seat certainly shows signs of white-knuckle, clenched-cheek driving, while out back the rear bench seat is basically bone stock wrapped in padded black vinyl. Black carpets on the floor help control noise and heat, and they match the black door panels at the flanks, while the dashboard and headliner are largely unblemished and really tie the interior in together nicely. A leather-wrapped Grant steering wheel anchors the cockpit, and it matches the sporty feel of the B&M shifter that splits the front seats. Factory gauges are still in place, although they've been augmented with a large tachometer strapped to the column (complete with a redlight shift indicator) and a trio of gauges installed under the dash that keep an eye on the big motor under the hood. Options include fully-functional A/C, power steering and brakes, and even a Pioneer AM/FM/Cassette stereo that was installed in the factory slot. The trunk is fairly spacious, although it now features a relocated fuel cell and battery that made room for the big block under the hood.
This car is not a just a poser, either, with a pro-built 454 cubic inch V8 that was transplanted over from a mid-'70s Chevelle, and it's been topped with dual Holley double-pumper 4-barrel carburetors, a polished Edelbrock aluminum high-rise intake, and block-hugging headers at the flanks. There's a giant aluminum radiator up front and that tall air cleaner isn't just for show, inhaling cool air from the open hood like it's supposed to. Plenty of polished aluminum and chrome dresses it up, making it more than just a race motor, including those Old School finned Edelbrock valve covers that provide perfect contrast to the Chevy Orange on the block itself. Long-tube headers feed a custom exhaust system that dumps ahead of the rear axle, and the suspension was built for combat, with tubular A-Arms, upgraded shocks, and power rack-and-pinion steering up front and a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end and subframe connectors out back. A built 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission is not exactly the racer's first choice, but we love that it was included in this build because it means this Nova can actually be driven on modern roads at high speeds. Traditional 15-inch Weld racing wheels wear big-n-little 165/80/15 front and 255/60/15 rear Mickey Thompson tires that are street-friendly but complete the look.
Well-built and insanely fast, this cool Nova nails pro-street in all the ways that matter. Call today!
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