Golden Treasure: 28k Mile 1969 Chevrolet Nova

As a largely original, documented low mileage (28,255) near-survivor, this 1969 Chevrolet Nova being sold at no reserve here on eBay is a golden treasure if you like this kind of car! Apparently a lot of people do as bidding is already over $18,000 (and there’s no reserve)! Plan transportation from Cincinnati, Ohio if you win the bidding war–and be sure to let us know you won!

The seller states that it’s mostly original paint that you see. It looks to me like there’s a repainted front fender here. However, it sure is clean, isn’t it? And look at that shiny chrome!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more sanitary looking trunk. On any car. Ever! 28,255 very carefully driven miles (and excellent storage) will do that for you!

This could be a 1969 Chevrolet promotional photo. Apparently it runs just as nice as it looks; listen to this quote from the seller: “This car is an absolute pleasure to drive. The car starts, runs, drives, shifts, brakes, sounds and handles excellent.

Under the hood shows some great detailing, although I’m guessing that plastic fuel filter might lose you some points in a concours competition. This is the 230 cubic inch, Turbo Thrift engine with 140 horsepower — there was a larger 250 cubic inch version with 155 horsepower above it (along with a selection of V8s) and a four cylinder below it.

Of course the interior is impeccable too! It’s a plain car, but you won’t find many 1969 anythings in this kind of condition. Is this Nova the right survivor for you?

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  1. Arthell64 Member

    I like this car. I would leave it just the way it is. Nice

  2. 71_LT1

    Fantastic time capsule ! The price will definitely continue to climb, but try to find another one in this condition. Good luck to the new owner.

  3. Howard A

    Well, it’s clearly the real deal ( I bet the person with the 7,000 mile Pontiac feels silly) I’m simply flabbergasted, a cheapie 6 cylinder Nova, that somehow escaped being turned into a dragster, would command $20g’s someday, and over 60 bidders yet. There’s no arguing this cars originality, and apparently, it’s what people want.

    • Alexander

      @Howard A. I’m not at all surprised by this being the low-end “cheapie” survivor. These are the ones that were cherished by their depression-era owners typically. Next to their mid-century homes the car in the driveway (or in this case the garage) would be the best show of one’s postwar status in the neighborhood. These will continue to appear, and when these from the 60s and early 70s dry up we will be stuck with “survivor” 1980s K cars, Grand Nationals and Eagles. And then….”survivor” Infinitis and Outbacks. My two biggest preservation class purchases of late were a ten year old 1983 Peuguot turbo with 15k miles and a 39 year old 1968 Special with 26k miles, poverty edition. The Peu was owned by a dealer’s wife, who hated the car and let it sit in the garage for months at a time. Still had the original tires on it and smelled new.

      • Miguel Member

        Alexander, I think Howard meant he was surprised, as I am, at the price of a stripped, no option car.

  4. Will Fox

    If it were anything other than a Chevy, the bidding wouldn’t be half that much. And that’s been proven.

    • GP Member

      Not so sure about that, Put a ” Cuda ” sticker on it.

  5. flmikey

    …sold at $19,800….fair market value for such a clean car…

  6. slickb

    THE best part of this car is that 6 cylinder. lucky buyer.

  7. Sidney

    I would love to hear the story behind this one. Prob the usual, some old couple who rarely drove and when they were gone, no one had the heart or bothered to sell it. I am glad to see it, these were every where when I was young, esp the sixes. Hope it stays that way, but problem is that most people to spend this kind of money want some kind of clone.

  8. scott

    Props to a previous BF comment about the color. I recall a similar car and the poster presented an opinion that beige/lighter color cars are owned by more conservative people that tend to care more for their vehicles. Not sure who said it but it popped in my head after I saw this beauty.

  9. Supernova72

    This is one nice find! Have a 72 but not low mileage like that. Wow. Bought it 30 years ago. 350/TH 350 car and still has original motor and trans. Paid $600 when a comparable Camaro was $2500. I now get the “thumbs up” from folks which was not the case early on. 👍

  10. Joe M

    Does any one know on a nova of this vintage or mileage have a drivers seat that looks like that. I don’t know about you but most of the chevys I owned wouldn’t look that nice after a week yet 20k plus miles. This looks like it was freshend up in more ways than one. Nice job done though.

  11. Supernova72

    Looks the the bidding ended at a bit under 20. Forgot to attach a photo of my 1972 from above post. Rally’s and paint are not original. Still have the orig hub caps however.

  12. ccrvtt

    A friend’s dad bought one of these with the stovebolt 6 in it. He lamented that he could barely get 13 mpg from it. He got rid of it soon after. A 307 or 350 would be a better choice, imo.

    I know these cars were enormously popular with ’70’s-’80’s hot-rodders but I never warmed up to the styling. It seems like a collection of some very nice, if somewhat bland, styling cues that just don’t belong together. To each his own, I suppose.

    $19,800 is insane for this car.

    • Supernova72

      FWIW my 1972 Nova insurance appraisal is currently $18.6K and not nearly not a low mileage and not completely origial regarding paint. It’s a numbers matching 350 car though but like this non SS. Those small Block SS Novas are between 30-35k now. Crazy. Big blocks are a whole different price point.

    • Old Car Guy

      In most cases with an automatic 6 cyl cars don’t get impressive mileage. With a 3 spd OD they shine. My dad had a new ’59 Chev SW with a six and 3spd OD. He got up to 26 mpg on the road. His “59 Rambler SW with a 6 auto barely got 18mpg. A friend of mine bought a ’75 Chev Van with a 250-6 3spd OD and regularly got 25 mpg on the road. A small V8 with auto usually gets about the same mileage as 6 auto in the same car so I could never figure out why people bought 6 cyl cars with auto if a V8 gets around the same gas mileage.

  13. Supernova72

    Joe M. Seat looks original to me. Similar pattern as I have. I had to redo mine but it had 115K on it and also needed new foam. Cheers.

    • dweezilaz

      60s vinyl wore like iron.

  14. Fordguy1972

    This has got to be the cleanest Nova I’ve ever seen, it’s a beauty! I’m a little surprised at the selling price for a bare-bones, six cylinder model. I mean, I can see that it’s absolutely pristine, but almost $20k? I had a ’70 Nova SS with the L78 375hp 396 with a Turbo 400, buckets, console and disc brakes. I sold it in the late’80’s for $3k and thought I did pretty good. No rust, nice chrome and a pretty good interior.

    Who would have thought then that a car like mine would be worth so much today? “sigh!” Well, at least I had the pleasure of owning one and pounding the living sh*t out of it. Can’t put a price on that experience.

  15. Mark P

    What four cylinder did Chevy, or GM have in 1969? Never saw a Nova, Camaro or even a Chevy II with a four.

    • dweezilaz

      153 c.i. 4 cyl was offered from the very first Chevy II. Up through 1970.

      Pontiac’s Iron Duke 151 is incorrectly identified as being Chevy’s 153. Not the same engine. Pontiac’s was engineered from the 301 V8, also new for 1977.

      The Chevy 4 cyl was based on Chevy six cylinder.

      The Camaro was offered with the 151 Pontiac 4 cyl for the 82 model year, but never before.

  16. Little Cars

    @Mark P — we had a factory 4 banger Nova on Barn Finds sometime in the past year. Chevy II and Nova had them as the base (optional sub-base powerplant?) until the body changed in 74-75. Camaros didn’t have 4 cylinders until the 1982s came out.

  17. Brian Raby

    Yeah..that would work for me.My first car was a 69 Nova.

  18. Lion

    When I met my wife she had a four year old 1968 Nova 4door, 6, 2speed automatic. I was driving a ’67 Cadi Sedan DeVille HT.
    I grew to love that little Nova. We drove it every day for 10 years with no problems until the tranny started to leak. Our friend’s boy needed a car to drive the 6 miles to school so he got it for $1.00 and a promise to give it back. He and his buddies drove the piss out of it and then jumped on the hood and roof and kicked in the dash and lights when he was finished with it.
    Put a little strain on a long friendship.

    • Supernova72

      You do a good dead then poof. I was the recipient of a 1$ Truck years ago. Did not abuse it and sold it back to family for a dollar. Feel bad for your Nova. Maybe you and your friend worked it out.

      • Lion

        Yes we did. Was tense for other reasons regarding his son, but we have been close friends for almost 50years now even though we live 2000 kl apart.
        A few years back I sold our ’83 Chevette to my brother-in-law for his son and got it back years later for the same $100.00. It was still in good shape and went many more klicks as a winter beater.

  19. stillrunners

    Believe 68/69 was the same body and are sought after highly….then the 70/71/72 were real close…..

  20. John C.

    Really nice looking car! I don’t notice the original or any jack in the trunk though. I think those cars had the long pole type jack which mounted under the spare tire.

    • Supernova72

      69 maybe different but my 1972 came with the original jack assembly and it fits between the taillights under the trunk latch assembly inside the trunk. Comes with jack pole, base, and jack handle. Base secures the spare tire via long bolt. It is not easy to get back in place. Ha. Most folks just secure it all under the spare tire.

  21. Del

    No V8

    No way Jose

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