1969 Chevrolet Nova Pro Street
STREETSIDE CLASSIC CARS ATLANTA
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
This 1969 Chevrolet Nova is one of those cool pro-street cars that's got the right look and the power to back it up. While most are barely disguised race cars, however, this one is beautifully finished inside and out and definitely packs some serious horsepower deserving of the big, sticky tires out back.
A lot of pro-street cars focus on the going fast part of the equation, but the other half is making it user friendly and beautifully finished, and this car gets it right. The beautiful green paint is well done, offering a brilliant shine over some very straight bodywork. Although it was finished using lacquer paint in 1994, they obviously spent a lot of time smoothing things out and the big cowl induction hood is the only deviation from stock spec. The two-door post body style is probably your best choice when you plan to channel a bunch of horsepower through it, so the doors fit well and probably will stay that way despite 400+ horsepower trying to twist it out of shape. They did have to stretch the rear wheel arches to make it look right with the big meats under there, but it looks right and the rest of the sheetmetal is quite stock. There's still factory trim in place, with front and rear bumpers in excellent shape and a blacked-out grille that emphasizes the Nova's clean design. They even kept the original '350' emblems on the front fenders, maybe just to tease people a little bit.
The interior is civilized enough for street use, but the hardware is made for the track, which is the essence of pro-street. Comfortable late-model buckets with harnesses, a full cage, and a custom shifter all scream race car. However, you'll note that the seat covers are padded vinyl, there are full carpets on the floor to control noise and heat, and a tilt steering column to make it easy to climb inside. A full array of custom gauges were installed behind the original panel, which is a neat trick, and they keep an eye on the warmed-over small block up front. There's also a digital display in the center that has a few neat tricks of its own. There's no radio, of course, but I don't think you'd use it even if you had one and instead of a back seat there's some beautifully executed tin work for the massive wheel tubs. In the trunk you'll find a more beautiful sheetmetal work, a fuel cell, and a battery mounted low in the chassis where it's safe.
This car is not a just a poser, either, with a pro-built 383 cubic inch V8 topped by AFR aluminum heads, a big Demon carburetor on a Victor Jr intake manifold, and rated at more than 400 horsepower. There's a giant aluminum radiator up front and that tall air cleaner isn't just for show, inhaling cool air from the cowl induction hood like it's supposed to. Plenty of polished aluminum dresses it up, making it more than just a race motor. Long-tube headers feed a full 3-inch exhaust system with dumps, and the suspension was built for combat, with a 4-link suspension and coil-overs in back supporting a 12-bolt full of 4.56 gears. A built TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is the racer's choice and the chassis has been reinforced with a set of subframe connectors to keep it pointed straight. Traditional Weld wheels wear big-n-little Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires that are street-friendly but complete the look.
Beautifully built and insanely fast, this cool Nova nails pro-street in all the ways that matter. Call today!