Roadster Shop wasn’t keen on following the trend in basic builds and modifications. Instead of creating another Chevrolet Nova build, the team decided to go ahead and step outside the norm for restorations and modifications. The results are magnificent.
The core of the build is a standard 1967 Chevrolet Nova, but what Roadster Shop has done makes for an incredible show piece. First seen at the 2011 Good Guys showing in Columbus, Ohio, the car quickly became noted as a “concept rod,” something intentional by the team. The design showcases where restoration could head in the coming years. The build and modifications were so substantial that the car was awarded Street Machine of the Year in 2011.
The exterior design definitely gives off a retro-future feel, something a young boy may have dreamt up on his notepad as a potential look into the future some time ago. The top has been chopped an inch, the fenders were re-profiled, and the main mid-section body line was completely removed and new accent lines were created over each wheel opening. New bumpers were made along with rocker extensions and front and rear diffusers.
From there the team incorporated a modern circuit board inspired pattern throughout the entire car and in the paint design. The futuristic circuit board theme starts with a custom grille that captures everyone’s attention. There will be no confusion with this car with anything else.
Inside, the interior is completely modernized, with many retro touches from the gauges to the near lack of a center-stack, the interior is mesmerizing to take in. A true piece of art at every gorgeous angle.
Powering the “retromod” is an LSX 454 cubic-inch engine featuring LS7 cast-aluminum heads, good for 700 hp and 611 lb-ft of torque. However, upon popping the hood, you’d notice something unfamiliar. The engine hides away under a custom engine shroud and custom radiator core support, combining for a unique showpiece that also remains just as capable on a drag strip.
But the car isn’t only for a drag strip. At all four corners you will find AFCO remote reservoir adjustable coil-overs that not only provide great handling, but give the Nova an incredible stance. In the front of the car you’ll find a Speedway sway bar, custom control arms, and C6 Corvette spindles. In the rear, the custom 9-inch is held in place by a custom three-link suspension and a rear Speedway sway bar.
We could go on and on about the credentials this car possess, but by the time we did that, the car would most certainly be sold. The car sits on eBay as of this writing at $399,900, and rightfully so. If this is where restorations head in the future, were okay with it. Be sure to check out the listing and scads of photos at the link, here.