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1966 CHEVROLET NOVA L79







1966 Chevrolet Nova L79
Chassis Number: 118376N145885
Built to compete with the Ford Falcon and Plymouth Valiant for a new generation of youthful buyers, the Chevy Nova still enjoys a world-wide following. Perhaps the largest and most active Nova enthusiast organization is National Nostalgic Nova, home to lovers of 1962 to 1979 Chevy IIs, Novas and Acadians. The car offered here is a star with a unique history in that community, whose members know it as “Giveaway Car Number 2”. An extremely rare L79 327/350HP 4-speed, this 1966 Nova SS was the Grand Prize in a draw held to celebrate NNN’s 10th anniversary in 1995. The Tuxedo Black beauty is a full-fledged SS model, with all the equipment offered in Chevy’s best package: special interior and exterior trim and wheel covers, Super Sport fender scripts, SS badges front and rear, bucket seats, special instrumentation, console shifter and deluxe steering wheel. But this car has more, in the form of the most powerful non-fuel-injected small block in the Chevrolet lineup, the L79 327/350HP V-8. The exclusive dual-snorkel chrome air cleaner tops off an aluminum intake fitted with a Holley 4-barrel and is flanked by chromed Turbo-fire valve covers. A special solid-lifter cam, high-flow heads and 11:1 compression complete this free-revving small block engine. All that power is accompanied by surprising elegance. The Black finish is absolutely mirror-like and beautifully adorned by tasteful chrome and bright work that extends to the brilliant wire wheel covers. The Black interior is likewise handsome and well accented. Beyond the car’s power and appearance, there is in addition the fact that its original equipment includes factory-installed Delco air conditioning and tinted glass to add comfort to the driving experience. By the time this car was awarded to Marti Wihksne of Kamloops, British Columbia in 1995, it was already considered one of the best L79 Novas in existence, having earned numerous awards. It had been so skillfully restored by NNN club member Pete Perry of Texas that in 1988 it won three prizes at the Denver Nova Nationals West, including Best Restored. In 1989, it returned from the Louisville Nationals with five titles, and in 1991 repeated with another three honors at the New York event. Texan Steve Mauer, who purchased the Nova from Perry, performed a meticulous renewal, detailing the underside, installing fresh stainless steel exhaust and recreating every tag and inspection mark called for by his extensive research. So thorough was the work that in 1993 the little Chevy was the subject of a magazine article titled “Tagging the Chevy II According to the Broadcast Sheet”. Multiple national prizes, original matching numbers engine and a rare and comprehensive option array combine for one of the most elegant and powerful cars ever to earn the SS designation.