1966 Chevrolet Nova SS *SOLD*
Item #: 22478
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This 1966 NOVA SUPER SPORT has been sold.
Original L79 Car
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The Chevrolet Nova evolved from the boxy little Chevy II compact fun car in 1962 to a boxy little race car in street clothing by 1966.
By then, the Nova Super Sport was no longer a meek grocery getter, but an affordable hot rod with performance like its Corvette cousin.
The L79 option transformed this vehicle from an econobox to a bona fide muscle car.
The Corvette bred motor, exceeding the magic 1:1 horsepower to cubic inch ratio, combined with the light weight of the Chevy II body made it very, very quick.
Quarter mile times in the 13 second bracket were the norm.
The 1966 Nova is considered the pinnacle of this model, it being the first edition of the long hood, short deck style, and the hottest of the hot prior to the introduction of the Camaro in 1967.
There were, according to some accounts, just 5,481 cars with the L79 option built in 1966.
This car is one of them.
When it was new 55 years ago, this car was purchased by the seller from Fox Chevrolet in Florence, Oregon in May of 1966.
Now located in a suburb of Eugene, Oregon, the car has been garaged within 70 miles of the place where it was sold new all those years ago.
That might make it look like a one owner car, but it had two other local owners before it was repurchased in 1995.
The Protect-O-Plate issued in 1966 still bears the name of the same driver today.
The Nova was lovingly restored to its current, very fine, like new condition between 1995 and 1997.
In the years since its rebirth, it has been driven to local shows and on road trips, but it no longer runs up the odometer in quarter mile increments.
Make no mistake, this hot rod Chevy was raced at local Oregon drag strips back in the day.
At long gone tracks with names like Balboa, White City, and Port Orford, and at the NHRA sanctioned strip at Woodburn, this little coupe won a respectable share of trophies.
So, in the quest for lower ETs, the original L79 engine was replaced at some point with another, over-the-counter, high performance 327 motor.
Nobody knows what happened to the original block.
This Nova Super Sport coupe has an arrow straight body finished in the original Mist Blue color.
It was disassembled and dipped before the new paint was applied.
The fit and finish of the body is excellent, and all of the chrome and stainless has been replaced, restored, or polished to perfection.
The car has no chassis or body modifications and will make any aficionado of this marque drool with delight.
It is rock solid with no rattles, squeaks or noticeable wind noise, and the doors open and close like a new car.
The windshield is new and the side glass is in excellent condition.
The stock steel wheels and bias ply tires have been replaced with Cragar alloy rims and radial steel belted tires.
Inside, the black bucket seat vinyl interior in the cabin is completely refreshed including new carpets, and the console mounted four speed shifter still has functional sliding dust cover.
From the dashboard to the package shelf, the interior is pristine, including weather stripping, window felts and rubber trim.
Aftermarket gauges and a tachometer augment the fully functional stock instruments and idiot lights.
Because of its racing history, this Nova no longer has the original factory installed ZI coded engine.
It looks original, with the chrome, dual snorkel air cleaner, ram horn exhaust manifolds, correct cylinder heads and Winters aluminum intake manifold, but the 327 engine in the car now is a replacement mill (casting number 3959512).
Otherwise, the car has the right components: the Muncie close ratio M-21 Four Speed (#308833) and 12 bolt PosiTraction rear end (FPG502C) with 3.73:1 gears are specific to the L79 equipped Nova.
And, the strong 327 that now powers the car is as healthy as the stock motor.
The clutch, suspension, steering and brakes are in great condition.
At a nominal extra price, the original Winters intake manifold (3890490), Holley carburetor (3877413) and a 327 short block (casting number 3791362 – engine code F0224ZA) can be purchased with the car.
With these parts and those that are on the engine now, it would take very little additional time and expense to return the car to the exact specifications it came with from the Willow Run assembly line.