BF Auction: 1964 Chevrolet Nova SS 283/4-Speed

Sold for $37,000View Result

  • Seller: Ron B oese
  • Location: Haven, Kansas
  • Mileage: 92,000 Shown
  • Chassis #: 40447N161397
  • Title Status: Clean

In 1964, the Chevy Nova SS officially became a muscle car. In ’62 and ’63, the only engines offered in the Nova were inline-6s. That all changed when the 283 V8 became an option in ’64. The example seen here is one of those V8-equipped Novas. It was also optioned with a 4-speed manual and as an SS! If that’s not enough to entice you, it’s being offered by its original owner, is highly original, and ready to drive. They’ve realized it’s time to let someone else enjoy this Nova, so they’ve decided to auction it here on Barn Finds!

The seller purchased this Nova new and has driven it 92k miles in the past 60 years. They’ve clearly taken great care of it from day one. In the early ’90s, they decided it could use a new coat of paint in its original color. The chrome and trim all appear to be in great shape as well. The body presents exceptionally well, and the seller states that the car hasn’t ever been wrecked or abused.

The interior looks great and is claimed to be original, other than the carpets. The dash, gauges, steering wheel, and upholstery all look great, with just minimal signs of use. The SS package included bucket seats, a floor shifter, different gauges, SS badges, and special wheel caps. The seller installed a set of Rallye rims to give the car a sportier look, but they kept the original caps, which come with the vehicle.

The numbers-matching 283 V8 is clean and in excellent running order. While this engine was rated at just 195 horsepower, it really woke the Nova up. The Nova is relatively small and light compared to the Impala and Chevelle, which also used this engine, so as you can imagine, having the 283 in the Nova proved to be a fun pairing. While having power brakes wouldn’t be a bad idea, the lack of them and power steering really shouldn’t be much of an issue. Kits are readily available to add power brakes if you are so inclined.

Whether you’ve been looking for an early Nova SS with a V8 or just want an exceptional muscle car, this is the car for you! The seller has documentation for the vehicle going back to when they purchased it. This really is an impressive find with the kind of history we wish every classic had! If you have any questions for the seller, please leave them in the comments. So, will you be this Nova’s next owner?

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Bid On This Auction

Sold for: $37,000
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Ended: Apr 3, 2024 11:00am MDT
Winner: Marty C (Offer Accepted)
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    Mikebooyaa bid $34,500.00  2024-04-03 10:57:10
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    Marty C bid $34,000.00  2024-04-02 02:45:41
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    Ron C
    bid $32,000.00  2024-04-01 15:59:42
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    Marty C bid $31,000.00  2024-04-01 15:20:00
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    Ron C bid $29,750.00  2024-03-29 15:24:39
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    Mikebooyaa
    bid $28,000.00  2024-03-29 15:19:16
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    Ron C bid $26,000.00  2024-03-29 15:05:51
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    Mikebooyaa bid $25,000.00  2024-03-29 14:04:49
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    Ron C
    bid $23,000.00  2024-03-29 13:04:25
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    Mikebooyaa bid $21,500.00  2024-03-29 12:07:22
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    Ceaser#21 bid $19,000.00  2024-03-29 05:29:46
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    Mikebooyaa
    bid $18,500.00  2024-03-28 20:25:28
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    Billy607 bid $16,000.00  2024-03-28 19:08:55
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    larryb102 bid $13,000.00  2024-03-28 18:01:49
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    Mikebooyaa
    bid $12,500.00  2024-03-28 14:21:38
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    jonc bid $10,500.00  2024-03-28 13:13:22
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    Ceaser#21 bid $9,500.00  2024-03-28 12:53:28
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    Bill
    bid $9,000.00  2024-03-28 12:32:42
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    61forfun bid $8,500.00  2024-03-28 12:03:06
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    ACcars1 bid $7,640.00  2024-03-27 21:15:25
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    Marc Tartaglia
    bid $5,500.00  2024-03-27 18:56:01
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    Moxie57 bid $1,800.00  2024-03-27 15:10:57

Comments

  1. Avatar photo Lee Alfano

    Do 283 ci 1964 nova have 2 or 4 barrel carburetor????. What is the compression ratio in engine? What rear end ratio? Does it have posi traction? Thanks, Lee

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    • Avatar photo Ron Boese

      2 barrel carburetor I do not know the rest of your questions.

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      • Avatar photo Steve

        Nice car! That is one big dent in the gas tank.

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  2. Avatar photo Seasport

    I’m drooling…..

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  3. Avatar photo Davey Boy

    suhweet!!!!!

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  4. Avatar photo Driveinstile Member

    Beautiful. And the 283 with a stick makes it quick and fun. These were really good loking designs. I really like the 66 and 67 2 door hardtops as well.

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    • Avatar photo al

      yes I agree a nice 283 4 speed great cruising car and fun to drive

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    • Avatar photo Rick B.

      Nice car and a real looker, probably the nicest early Chevy II I’ve seen in awhile. Bet it’s fun to drive. The later model rally wheels look like they belong on it. Given its provenance it’s probably at least a $40,000 car, maybe even $50K

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    • Avatar photo Mike Nielsen Member

      I would like to raise my bid, but I need a few months to get the money.

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  5. Avatar photo Al camino

    Looks like they had some trouble under the hood at some point the hood springs are on backwards,I don’t remember ever seeing the front bumper having that extension on top,other than that this is a sweet old ss nova!

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    • Avatar photo Neal Reynolds

      That is the optional front grill guard RPO V20.

      Like 4
  6. Avatar photo Danny V. Johnson

    Oh if I still had the time and room for it, I’d be on my way to Kansas. It has a couple of minor flaws but, for a sixty year-old Nova, it make my heart do pitter tatter. I’m also partial to red.

    Like 10
  7. Avatar photo David L Culberson

    Is that a condenser in front of the radiator?

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    • Avatar photo Ron Boese

      Yes when I redid the car ( paint and rebuilt the motor) I put the AC condenser in and run the hoses but never installed a compressor or evaporator in to finish the AC install.

      Like 4
  8. Avatar photo Thomas L. Kaufman

    I had a good friend who had a 62, but it was a plain jane, he put a 327, 365 hp small block in it. Was a screamer.

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    • Avatar photo Tony

      I had a 62 with a 68 327 vette motor in it with a th350 manual valve body and tied subframe. It kept shucking the 10 bolt rear teeth but I really miss that car… sold it for $2500 in 1989 and it was in about the same shape as this one.
      Sad

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  9. Avatar photo Roger Williams

    Was the tan/brown/cream interior a color choice with the red exterior that year?

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    • Avatar photo Ron Boese

      Yes what they call it is Faun interior. It is original.

      Like 1
  10. Avatar photo Mark Z

    Something odd here, why does it have an A/C dryer and condenser, but no compressor or evaporator? Also SS emblems do not belong on the fenders.

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    • Avatar photo Ron Boese

      The emblems are where they were from the factory

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    • Avatar photo Neal Reynolds

      In 1964 the emblems were on the front fender. These are in their correct location.

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  11. Avatar photo Arthur Taylor

    Beautiful car.Would love to own this one.We will see what happens.

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  12. Avatar photo Dan

    Very well presented. Still lots of time left, so I can see the bids exceeding $25K at least. Only debit is that it’s not a 1966 or 1967, and that’s not a bad thing!

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  13. Avatar photo Ron Boese

    The emblems are where they were from the factory

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    • Avatar photo Nova wagon

      Could you post a compete picture of the Cowl Tag . Can’t make out the paint code . Also was the antenna moved from the quarter panel to the front. The tag shows a rear mount antenna. Thanks a nice 64!!

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  14. Avatar photo Dom

    Just looking at gas tank ,looks new but is that a dent in the top right drivers side with a Crack in it I’m sure it’s not on this pristine nova .Just saw a wet spot under it and wondered

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    • Avatar photo Ron Boese

      The wet spot is water from rain. There is no crack and all dents are factory dents that were there when I replaced the tank and sender. I have no idea why they put the dents in a new tank,

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  15. Avatar photo Dom

    That tank might fit other novas where the tailpipe crosses over the axle and hugs that corner of the gas tank

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  16. Avatar photo Neal Reynolds

    This is actually a fairly rare model in that there were only a little over 10,000 Super Sport Novas made in model year 1964. The SS was NOT offered at the start of the 64 model year. It was dropped at the end of the 63 run. However, mid year it was added back to the lineup once again and the already available for 64 V-8 engine made for a hot little car. You will notice this car was built the second week of January 1964 which would be mid-model-year.

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  17. Avatar photo stillrunners Member

    Nice….mine was an auto that was now due for a rebuild of the little 283 and powerglide…..still a driver and I shouldn’t have sold it….oh well the 80’s…..

    Have fun to the new owner !

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  18. Avatar photo Mark

    Very nice NOVA an a original owner car with a 283 and 4-speed! Well taken care of!

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  19. Avatar photo BillB

    There appears to be a power brake booster. The description says no PB, unless that’s some kind of mount the MC is on that sets it away from the firewall.

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  20. Avatar photo Ron

    I would like the owner to call me. Few questions to ask?

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    • Avatar photo Ron Boese

      Not sure how to do that . Need number

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    • Avatar photo Ron Boese

      Not sure how to do that. Don’t know your number

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      • Avatar photo Charles Jenkins

        Great point! Beautiful car by way. (A 64 Nova 400 283/220 4 spd was my second car in 66.)

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  21. Avatar photo Eugene Jones

    My grandfather had a 63 Nova with a 4 cylinder and 3 speed on the column.

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  22. Avatar photo Utesman

    I’d lose the detracting rear bumper guards.

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    • Avatar photo Ron Boese

      Own it and you can do what ever you want to do to it.

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    • Avatar photo Yblocker

      $35grand for a Chevy II. 🏳White flag is out, I surrender, the world has done gone totally nuts. I got an idea, maybe we should put a Chevy II in the White House, I mean, since they’re so almighty. Have to admit though, I do like the early Chevy II’s, had a 62 wagon when I was a kid, actually, I was 15, pretty much a kid. I’d rather have a 63 Sprint, thanks anyway

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      • Avatar photo al

        yblocker yes I agree a 1963 Sprint 2 Dr ht 260 v8 4 speed just a nice cruising car

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  23. Avatar photo Rick

    Love your car Ron, its gorgeous.

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  24. Avatar photo Scott G

    What is the original paint code on the cowl tag? There is a wire blocking the code in the picture, thanks.

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  25. Avatar photo Bamapoppy

    Nice ride. Makes me remember my ‘62 with a 6-cylinder and 3-on the tree. Before it my dad took me to see one but the 4-cylinder was a turnoff to him. Not enough power, he said. Someone with more knowledge than me may shoot this down but I remember it as being a 4-banger.

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  26. Avatar photo Gordon Stroup

    This is the 1st time that I’ve ever seen a true 64 SS NOVA. The emblem on the front fender is awesome! Something truly neat and very, very COOL! The owners should be very proud of the way they took care of it. Way to go you guys!

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  27. Avatar photo RonC

    when are you going to show who won the bid?

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  28. Avatar photo Ron c

    My bid was higher

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