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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1966 Chevrolet Nova

Power-to-weight makes this Chevy THE hot one

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The Hemi may be king, but Grumpy Jenkins showed Jere Stahl that a high-winding Chevrolet L79 small-block could come out on top. A similar car with the same engine is currently featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com: this restored 1966 Chevrolet Nova powered by the legendary L79 327ci and shifted via a four-speed manual transmission. Features include redline tires, power brakes and a rear-mounted antenna. Refinished in blue over blue vinyl and cloth interior, this Nova is available now and comes from the selling dealer with an owner’s manual, accessories catalog and 1969 Georgia title.

1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova

This 1966 Nova was built at the General Motors plant in Norwood, Ohio in the third week of June 1966. As part of the restoration performed by Fantastic 5 Auto Restoration Services in N.C., the body was refinished in factory-correct Danube Blue (paint E on the data plate). Trim includes rocker panel brightwork, protective side moldings and bumper guards.

1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova

The five-spoke mag wheelcovers are wrapped in redline tires.

1966 Chevrolet Nova
1966 Chevrolet Nova

The refurbished interior is equipped with blue vinyl bench seats with two-tone, blue-striped fabric inserts. Complements include color-coordinated dashboard, door panels and dark blue carpeting. Interior features include lap belts front and rear, Delco AM radio and defroster. The trunk contains a secured whitewall spare tire and jack.

1966 chevrolet nova, AutoHunter Spotlight: 1966 Chevrolet Nova, ClassicCars.com Journal
1966 Chevrolet Nova

The gauge cluster features only a 120-mph speedometer and fuel gauge. The five-digit analog odometer shows 108 miles, but the actual mileage on the chassis is unknown.

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L79 327cid V8

The L79 327 was rated at 350 horsepower by the factory. According to the selling dealer, the Turbo-Fire V8 has casting number of 3791362. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a floor-mounted, wide-ratio four-speed manual transmission.

1966 chevrolet nova, AutoHunter Spotlight: 1966 Chevrolet Nova, ClassicCars.com Journal
1966 Chevrolet Nova

An owner’s manual and accessories catalog will be included as part of the sale.

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information including photo gallery.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

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