1965 Chevrolet Nova Chevy II

Fort Worth, TX 76137
United States

1965 Chevrolet
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The formula was a good one: take a lightweight car like the Chevy II and stuff it full of small block V8. This 1965 Chevy II (also known as the Nova) is a road-ready example of that formula in action, and it offers a host of upgrades to make it a first-class cruiser with a ton of eyeball appeal. And yes, it's fast!

Bright colors help give Chevy's compact a bigger presence, and you're probably not going to see this one coming until it's too late. They're not big cars, which is why .....
they're so potent out on the road, but in attention-grabbing colors like this blinding shade of White, you have no choice but to treat them with respect. The paint and bodywork on this car was done to a solid, driver-quality standard and remains in good condition since the completion of the build, with only minor signs of use and a commensurate amount of imperfections. It's not a perfect trailer queen, of course, but if you like to drive, there aren't many better Bowties for the job and there's a reason the 2-door hardtop coupes were a favorite of drag racers. The steel underneath is quite straight and shows off good gaps, suggesting that when the work was done, they took their time, and the cowl induction hood is a nice addition that sets the tone up front. Nice chrome, including that billet-style front grille, Nova badges, tailpanel trim all give it just enough flash to get some attention as you go rolling past, and the limousine-style tinted windows provide the perfect amount of contrast.

The interior is extremely well done, offering fresh seat covers and plush carpets, all in a handsome shade of blue that complement the car's bright bodywork. The split bench up front and matching rear bench look hardly used, which is the same story for the carpets that have been protected with thick floormats, and a drop-in center console was added up front and provides added storage and a couple of cup holders. A gorgeous, factory steering wheel sits atop the original column, joined by the slender shifter for the automatic transmission below, and the factory gauges just beyond it are so crisp and clear they look practically new. A trio of auxiliary dials was installed under the dash to keep better tabs on the upgraded small block under the hood, and a retro-style AM/FM/AUX stereo was neatly fitted into the factory dash slot. The painted white dash is in excellent shape, as are the blue door panels that match the upholstery on the seats, and the light blue headliner above is further proof that nothing was overlooked during the restoration of this handsome Shoebox Nova. Out back, the trunk was finished in matching blue carpets and carries a full spare and jack set.

Due to pressure from sales of the all-new Chevelle, the Nova's option list finally received a V8 in 1964, although like many of them in 1965, this Shoebox was born with an Inline 6. That obviously wasn't enough power for the former owners of this Chevy II, so an enterprising and adventurous mind elected to throw caution into the wind and stuff the engine bay with a 350 V8 crate motor. The upgrade in power is profound, giving this Nova a mouth-watering power-to-weight ratio that's the stuff of legends, and the reason these cars are so popular with hotrodders. Using period finishes and equipment combined with a few dress-up pieces, it has a great period performance look with modern horsepower on tap. Upgrades include a big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, a polished aluminum intake manifold, and upgraded ignition system and modern alternator, and a big aluminum radiator that keeps it cool. And with Chevy Orange on the block and those bright chrome valve covers and air cleaner up top, the engine bay is ready to be shown off with great pride. The TH350 3-speed transmission is plenty tough for V8 duty and channels power to a heavy-duty 10-bolt rear end. An upgraded Pypes dual exhaust system gives it a sinister voice and you'll note that the chassis really is in nice shape with clean floors and lots of newer hardware throughout. Flashy American Racing chrome wheels really fill the wheel wells yet keep the '60s performance look and carry staggered 195/60/15 front and 315/65/15 rear performance radials with plenty of grip.

This is one mean little Chevy II with a ton of firepower on tap. If you like the promise of light weight and heavy horsepower, then perhaps this car deserves a much closer look. Call today!

Fort Worth TX 76137
United States
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