The Chevrolet Nova, also known as the Chevy II, was the Bowtie's compact car offering in the Sixties and Seventies. Created as a basic, no-nonsense automobile, the Nova ran through four generations from 1962 through 1979. A fifth generation was briefly produced between 1985 and 1988, but it was a rebadged Toyota. This particular example up for sale with us is a first-generation 1962 Chevrolet Nova that's received some significant upgrades by the current owner and has reportedly driven less than 500 miles since then. It's something of a sleeper, going by the upgraded powertrain we will tell you about shortly. So, why not add it to your collection?
This 1962 Chevrolet Nova bears a bright red paint job and sports a set of shiny five-spoke alloy wheels at each corner, wrapped in low-profile rubber. Behind the wheels can be observed disc brakes, which are one of many upgrades. Yet another upgrade that's visible at a glance is the dual exhaust at the rear. However, you'll be glad to know that the head and taillamps remain stock-looking and haven't been replaced with LED units. Ditto the chrome bumpers and badging, which remain stock. The black cabin of this 1962 Chevrolet Nova features leather-trimmed front and rear bench seats, a white cueball-style gear shifter, and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel. The stock instrument cluster is augmented by a Super Pro tachometer mounted directly in the driver's line of sight, while some auxiliary gauges have been added to the center console. There's also a push-button radio and switches for the car's ancillaries. Popping the trunk reveals a load space that's surprisingly accommodating for a compact car and appears in decent condition, too.
Now for the most significant upgrades to this 1962 Chevrolet Nova. Let's start with the engine, which is a 383 Stroker V8 that received a Master rebuilt kit in 2023. That's not all; we've got Holley headers, Roller rockers, Mallory ignition, polished intake and valve covers, stainless steel fuel lines, an electric fuel pump, a serpentine belt set-up, and an aluminum radiator. The transmission is a Turbo 350 unit that sends the upgraded power and torque to the rear wheels, while new brake lines help the upgraded four-wheel disc brakes do their thing. Handling has been enhanced via a coil-over suspension kit as well.
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