Classic cars are have gained in popularity and value this past year, as collectors and gearheads have come to realize driving and wrenching are activities that can be done without having to wear a mask or social distance. Hotter than pure classics are restomods and pro touring builds. With these, you get all the cool factor of classic cars, but with improved drivability, ride, handling, and often better reliability. This 1967 Chevy Nova SS is just such an example. It is a no-expense-spared creation that masterfully blends old and new.
The build began with a real Chevy Nova SS, not a clone or base model. The white finish has beautiful gloss, indicative of great prep and application. Chrome bumpers present as new, and the stainless trim is well polished. The black vinyl roof has been professionally fitted. Circle Racing 18×8-inch front and 18×9.5-inch rear chrome Rally wheels wear low-profile Nitto performance rubber.
Much care and attention went into the interior of this Chevy Nova. The stock appearance was largely retained, but the original vinyl has been replaced with leather, not just on the seats, but also on door cards and kick panels. A chrome Hurst shifter with reverse release, topped by a traditional white shift ball resides in an SS console. The window cranks have been converted to micro switched power window controls. Dakota Digital gauges have replaced the originals. An Alpine head unit with Bluetooth connectivity, a JL amplifier and speakers has been installed. Other goodies include tilt steering, Vintage Air climate control, and Detroit Speed Selecta Speed wipers.
In the squared-away engine bay of the Chevy Nova resides a 416 cubic-inch LS-3 Black Label built by Mast Motorsports. Output is a healthy 622 horsepower and 552 pound-feet of torque (a dyno sheet comes with the car). The LS is backed by a 4L80E automatic, feeding power to the Moser 12-bolt rear end with 3.55 gears. All hoses and lines have been neatly tucked. The firewall and fenders are dressed in satin black. A modern aluminum radiator with dual electric fans keeps everything running cool. A polished Wilwood brake reservoir with black lid has been fitted.
The trunk of the Chevy Nova SS is coated in a proper pebbled gray finish. The Optima Red Top battery with polished billet hold down and a disconnect has been relocated to the passenger side rear corner. A full-size spare is mounted on a painted spare Rally wheel.
This Chevy Nova rides on a full custom chassis. The front suspension is by Heidts, with tubular control arms, sway bar, rack and pinion steering, and QA1 adjustable gas coil-overs. Frame connectors tie the front to the back. The rear suspension features a TCI four-link suspension with tubular control arms, panhard bar, and QA1 adjustable gas coil-overs. Braking is provided by a Wilwood Dynalite Pro Series drilled disc brake system. Detroit Speed supplied the 17-gallon stainless gas tank.
This stunning Chevy Nova is for sale at Volo Auto Sales for $133,998.