The 1970 Chevy Nova may not have been the prettiest car in the Chevrolet lineup, but when paired with the right engine it became a true sleeper. This Nova SS is a two owner car and was hidden in a garage for years. The current owner worked on some of the mechanicals, but the car is otherwise original. The car is currently located in Mt. Eden, KY and is listed on eBay, where it has a current bid of $9,101 with the reserve unmet.
This car is going to need some work to get it back to its former sleeper glory. The mechanicals seem to have already been sorted by the current owner, but the body is in need of some attention. Both rear quarters need to be replace as does the trunk pan. The seller has new quarters for the car, but is selling them separately.
The interior is completely original and it shows. The dash looks to be in good condition, but the same can’t be said for the seats. The seats are still covered in their original cloth covers, which appear to have seen better days. However, recovering these seats shouldn’t be too expensive or difficult, as parts are plentiful for Novas.
Chevrolet’s SS title meant Super Sport, but on the Nova it should have meant Super Sleeper, as that’s what this car really was. The SS logos weren’t what gave this Nova it that status, it’s this big 396 V8 that’s rated at 350 hp that does it. The 396, which was actually a 402 in ’70, was one of the many engines offered with the Nova, but relatively few were shipped from Detroit with this big V8. 1970 was the last year that the Nova was offered with the 396.
This Nova will make for a fun project car for anyone who wants to surprise some of the bigger muscle cars off the line. It’s going to need some body work, but given the recent increase in values for Nova SS’s, it will be worth the work. We just hope the reserve isn’t set too much higher.