1972 Rally Nova Survivor

1972 Nova Rally Survivor Rear

We normally wouldn’t get too excited about an old Nova, but we happened to run across this one and started to read the story posted by the seller because it sounded like a barn find. Turns out it was a classic old lady garage find and that this 1972 Rally Nova only has 48k miles on it. This survivor is located in Portland Oregon and is listed for sale on eBay with the bidding starting at $200.

1972 Nova Rally Survivor Side

We recommend that you read the seller’s story in their own words, but basically they became friends with a nice old lady that had an old car parked in the garage who would not sell. Eventually the lady’s health took a turn for the worse and it was time to get rid of the car. Of course they thought of their old friend who gladly accepted. The story is convincing and the car does still look like new.

1972 Nova Rally Survivor Interior

Besides being all original and in excellent condition, this Nova is special because it is equipped with the optional Rally package which was basically an upgraded suspension. Even though 33k were sold with this option, we doubt there are many left in this condition. The 350 V8, bucket seats, and extensive documentation make this deal even sweeter. If the reserve is not crazy high, this could be a great opportunity to pick up one of the most original Novas around.


  1. Dan Hobson

    How do I bid ?

  2. Mark W

    My spidey sense is tingling on this. Why on a car this ‘original’ are you swapping out the dash with higher mileage just to get a tach? No pics of the wheels that come with the car? No pics at all of the engine or the underside of the car? Those door speakers arent original either. slightly fishy.

  3. E55

    Story sounds too perfect. No loose ends. Also, odometer says 65k but really only 44k because he never felt like correcting it after changing some gauges? Sounds inconsistent for a guy who restores these cars and who is that proud of his “find”. And, do I see big speakers cut into the footwells? Not saying it’s not a nice car (because it looks like it is); I am just saying that the story sounds too perfect… Call me a cynic.

  4. Doug M

    I have to agree with the previous 2 posts. “Grammy” would not have cared to cut out speaker holes, nor decided she needed a laced-up simulated leather steering wheel cover to make this a good driver…?? and as “E55” states, why would anyone go to all the trouble and drift away from original just to gain a cheesy little tack in what appears to be a cracked gauge cluster (see crack in bottom of pic). Oh, and “Grandma” did spring for the $145 (guess) because she wanted a new stripe on the side of her car? …..sorry, call me cynical, too.

  5. Foxy

    I agree with everyone. I have had some Novas, and that car does look cherry in the places that are usually bad. However if he was going to sell it as a survivor he should have taken pics of it when it came out of the barn.

  6. Foxy

    I just read the whole story, and can’t believe he is selling it. It was free. so much emotion in the story, then but it’s for sale. I’ll bet there is a lot of rechrome on it the bumpers look too good, unless it’s been in the house,lol . nice nova tho.

  7. tacsea72

    ….and I’m sure the first thing granny did was have those dual exhausts with the chrome tips installed. A lot of questions about a really nice car. I hope the bidding stays reasonable….

  8. sammy16

    The rally nova came stock with standard door panels; this nova has the SS panels with the wood strip. The wheels are SS also, these are not stock rally rims. The cursive nova name plate that came stock on the rally nova is missing from the lower right-hand corner of the trunk lid.

  9. clinton

    I had a 71 Rally nova,,sorry this is not a “original”rally nova,someone put a lot of SS option’s on this after the fact,most Rally nova’s came with a bench seat,3spd on the floor or a automatic, and a v/8,they didn’t come with the aSS center console or a SS in dash tach,and had a single rally side bullet mirror, they had a rally badge on both the hood and decklid and came with “rally wheels” not SS wheels like this one…long story short,someone got confused on what a Rally nova was really about,they did not have all the SS options on them like this one do’s,except the
    side bullet mirror. But this looks like a very sweet car,someone should tell the truth about this car,if it is a true Rally it ran into a SS.

  10. Mike Sorenson

    I bought a new rally nova in 1972. It had the stripes and nova on the hood and trunk lid.It came with rally wheels and an economy bench seat. There was no clock in the dash. Mine was a 350 automatic. It had whitewall tires from the factory. I wish I still had it.

  11. Mit55

    I had 1972 rally nova 1973-1976 it came with bench seat 3 on floor 350 2brl stock from factory delco air shocks rally wheels that were painted to match car Midnite bronze metallic lite white seats I wise I still owned it …… Now have 1971 Nove may make a clone

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