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1970 Chevrolet Nova

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The recipe is as old as the automobile itself. Take one giant engine and stuff it into the smallest, lightest body you have. Early race cars were nothing more than giant engines on a frame with a single seat strapped on. Later, Buick possibly created the muscle car formula by putting the big engine from a Roadmaster into the body of a smaller Special, and creating the Century. And this gorgeous 1970 Chevy Nova takes it to the next level as a very potent SS tribute that's both beautifully built and incredibly fast. Originally a code 14 Cortez Silver car, this restored Nova now sports a lovely shade of metallic light blue that is close to Astro Blue, but maybe a little lighter. Whatever you want to call it, it's spectacular, and the bodywork underneath is very nicely done. A solid, southern car all its life, it didn't take a lot of work to make it this straight, although you can tell it's a lot nicer than the factory workmanship. 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 open and close with precision. It's not a real SS, so all the correct SS emblems, including the rear valence and front grille, were rounded up and installed, along with the decorative hood trim and requisite 396 badges on the front fenders. It's a pretty convincing facsimile of a real SS, and anybody who isn't an expert at decoding VINs and cowl tags will probably not notice. Chrome items like the bumpers are beautifully done and are probably brand new reproduction items, and all the stainless has been polished. Under the hood, you'll find a stout 396 cubic inch big block Chevy. Not the original, numbers matching engine, but it is detailed as if it were. Chevy Orange paint on the block and heads looks great against the satin black engine bay sheetmetal, while chrome valve covers and a dual-snorkel air cleaner with correct 396 decals give it a little flash. Edelbrock supplied both the intake manifold and the 4-barrel carburetor sitting on top of it, and a Accel HEI ignition system lights the fires. Interestingly, original cast iron exhaust manifolds were used instead of aftermarket headers, which shows that the builder was serious about this tribute SS. 396s are some sweet-running engines, and with such a lightweight car to pull around, performance is impressive. A 3-speed automatic that carries a B&M shifter for precision on the roll backs the engine. Out back, there's a rugged 12-bolt that should last virtually forever in this lightweight package. Power front disc brakes give it plenty of stopping power, and a dual exhaust system features a pair of performance mufflers that give the engine just the right amount of growl. 14-inch SS wheels complete the illusion, and they wear 215/70/14 BFGoodrich T/A radials at all four corners. Inside, you'll find a cool stock-type bucket seat interior, which is somewhat of a rarity with Novas. There's no console save for the B&M shifter's housing, but the industrial look is cool by itself. The original dash looks original, and is augmented by a Sun Pro tachometer on the steering column, and a trio of auxiliary gauges hanging down low. A vintage 8-track player hangs below the dash as well, although a newer AM/FM/cassette unit powers a pair of 6x9 speakers in the rear deck. Like the body, the interior workmanship is nicely done and although the Nova was designed to be inexpensive, it doesn't feel that way from behind the hood. And the first time you crack the throttle on the big 396, you'll forget everything else anyway. This is a tastefully done car that has had a lot more than the asking price spent on it. Newer paint over a straight, rust-free body, that built 396 under the hood, and a nicely refinished interior all add up to a great car you can drive and enjoy without a second thought. And when you roll up at that stop light next to someone with a hot car, you'll be able to demonstrate what kind of performance a seriously high power-to-weight ratio can deliver. 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. This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 118672

as of 3/13/2011

Overview
Car 1970 Chevrolet Nova
VIN 114270W166719 
Mileage 42,223 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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