One of the most distinguished Chevrolet Nova custom builds ever created will be up for grabs with no reserve at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction (Sept. 24-26).
Known as the 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS “Dobbertin,” the car was first unveiled at the Car Craft Magazine 1982 Street Machine Nationals and immediately grabbed the attention of the custom car world.
Despite its rookie status, the Dobbertin rolled away from the event as Grand Champion, having captured awards in the Best Engine, Best Car, Best Pro-Street Car and Best Engineered categories. It also collected awards in the very same categories in 1983 at both the Car Craft Nationals and the Street Machine Nationals East.
What originally started out as a 1965 Chevy II/Nova was soon transformed by the hand of Rick Dobbertin, who spent more than 3,000 hours over 2-2.5 years fiddling and stuffing it with an arms length list of performance parts.
In went a 454 cubic-inch LS7-based V8 strapped with twin Roto-Master turbochargers and a BDS 6-71 supercharger, B&M Comp Turbo 400 automatic transmission, 8-port nitrous system, Holley 750cfm carburetors, twin radiators, DANA 60 rear end, a full cage and a fire suppression system. Yeah, it’s triple-charged.
Meanwhile, the whole car sits on polished Center Line ‘Auto Drag’ wheels while sizeable JFZ rear anchors with drilled rotors help scrub off speed. There are also twin parachutes mounted out back just in case the JFZ brakes can’t reel in the Nova in time.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Dobbertin has also graced the cover of 14 magazines and has been featured in over 100 auto publications the world over.
With all that prestige and power packed into its resume, this notorious Nova custom is bound to make waves when it hits the block next month.