The 1978 Chevy Nova Rally Sport was a dressed-up version of what was built as an economy car. It came equipped with a choice of engines: a 250 cubic-inch inline six cylinder, a 305 cubic-inch Small Block V8, or a 350 cubic-inch Small Block V8. RPO Z26 Rally Sport trim got you black finished headlamp bezels with bright perimeter molding, special chrome plated, diamond pattern grille with specific horizontal parking lamps, Nova Rally badge on the grille and front fenders, triple-band stripe on lower body and over wheel openings, and body color painted 14-inch tall, six inch-wide Rally wheels.
Our featured 1978 Chevy Nova Rally Sport is nowhere near original, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When new, it was paint code 77 Carmine red. At some point during its life, it was treated to a quality refinish in Light Yellow, a color that was not available on the Chevy Nova in 1978. All of the Rally Sport trim features have been retained, and the finished product looks as if it could have left the factory that way. Chrome bumpers have either survived incredibly well or have been re-plated. The 14-inch Rally wheels have been replaced by 15-inchers wearing short caps and wrapped in raised-white letter BFGoodrich rubber. Almost all of the stainless brightwork has been blacked out, but looks correct with the rest of the Rally Sport package. The rear wheels are wider than the fronts, giving the Chevy Nova an aggressive, muscular stance.
This Chevy Nova can back up that strong appearance, too. Gone is the 145-horsepower 305 it was born with, replaced by a far more powerful 454 cubic-inch Big Block. The Rat motor is fed by a four-barrel carb and Edelbrock intake manifold. It is dressed up with a set of Chevy branded chrome valve covers and chrome air cleaner cover. Spent gasses leave through a set of performance headers, and there is a set of electrically-actuated exhaust dumps to let your neighbors know this beast is on the streets.
The black vinyl interior of this Chevy Nova is all business, with the factory steering wheel and AM Radio still in place. There are some auxiliary gauges to help keep an eye on the Big Block’s vitals, and a Hurst shifter to stir the gears on the four-speed manual. The only luxury is an aftermarket, black vinyl-wrapped armrest/console.
This Chevy Nova “sleeper” is being offered by Garage Kept Motors for just $24,900.