The Chevrolet Chevy II, commonly recognized as the Nova, was purpose-built to give buyers a simple, back-to-the-basics compact car. It was produced from 1962 through 1979, and the nameplate was brought back for a brief time during the ‘80s.
The second generation of the Chevy II began in 1966 and featured a sharp-edged restyle that included a bold grille with single headlights, a semi-fastback roofline, angular rear end and vertical taillights. Top-of-the-line models featured the Nova nameplate that ultimately would replace the series name in 1969.
The Pick of the Day, a 1966 Chevrolet Nova, is both sleek and glamourous, having benefited from a rotisserie restoration and performance mods.
According to the listing on ClassicCars.com, all of the body moldings, stainless trim and gas cap were removed to achieve a smooth look that is enhanced by Mercedes-Benz metallic-sliver paint complimented by a black vinyl top and custom black interior.
The Nova is powered by a 406 cid engine fitted with Trick Flow aluminum heads mated to an Elite TKO-600 5-speed manual transmission with a hydraulic slave cylinder for what the seller called “easy shifting.”
“Power hits the pavement through a Ford 9-inch rear end with posi-traction,” the seller adds.
A smoothed firewall and CPP aluminum inner fenders house the engine, sealed under the hood with billet hood hinges. The seller says the engine breathes through TCI ceramic coated headers, and “a custom built black Magnaflow 2.5 exhaust system that sounds amazing.”
The car’s custom suspension system consists of “a TCI M2 sub-frame with coilover shocks with power rack-and-pinion steering and a CPP four-link rear with coilover shocks,” the seller says. “It has a complete Wilwood power braking system consisting of six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in rear.” The brakes are tucked behind a set of custom Intro wheels, 18-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.
Inside the Nova sits a custom bezel in the dashboard with Autometer gauges, air conditioning system, sound system, IDIDIT tilt steering column, Billet Specialties black draft steering wheel, and a Hurst 16 shifter. The look is completed with custom upholstery.
The odometer reads 226 miles, which the seller says are test miles driven upon completion of the build, which is offered in Chatsworth, California, for $88,888 by a dealership.
Ton view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day