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High 10s! 1971 Chevrolet Nova Drag Racer

Imagine this scenario.  You go to your Chevrolet dealer in 1971 and buy yourself a brand new Nova.  It’s your driver for the next 12 years, but in 1983 an unfortunate mishap happens and you get hit in the fender.  What do you do?  If you’re the owner of this particular accident victim, you take the high road the following year and turn your Nova into a drag racer!  The result here just exemplifies the mindset of when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  But this Chevy is now looking for a new home, and if the thought of owning a Nova that consistently runs in the low 11s but has hit the high 10s mark, this may be a good one for you to take a look at.  Located in Industry, Pennsylvania, it can be seen here on eBay with a current bid of $7,600 and no reserve.

A 350 cubic inch 4-Bolt main was the starting point, which features a 1969 DZ crankshaft, 830 Holley carburetor, and a 625 lift roller camshaft.  There’s also a Hays Billet flywheel.  A few things have recently been freshened up, such as reworked heads, a new Ram clutch, pressure plate, and a new rear seal.  The Nova was originally a factory automatic but converted to a 4-Speed utilizing factory Nova pedals inside.

This Nova is also equipped with a 12 Bolt Main Moroso Brute Strength positraction rear end, Fairbanks Turbo Clutch transmission, Strange Axle C-Clip eliminator plus some other goodies.  The car is said to be rust-free and has a fiberglass front end and rear bumper.  The underneath side is extremely solid, and the seller says that it would not take much effort to make this Nova street-worthy.

The inside is all business, with a roll bar intact and a pair of racing seats, plus a crash helmet just in case things get out of control.  I’m guessing that the steering wheel may be from a Camaro.  There are over 100 slips dating from 1984 through 2014, mostly all low elevens with some creeping into the tens toward 2012.  The seller says that the Nova sounds amazing and will be fired up when the new owner comes to pick it up.

I’m not sure whether or not the Iron Maiden artwork on the hood scoop makes things go faster or not, but it would sure look cool to spectators who have a quick enough eye to catch it as the Nova barrels down the track.  What are your thoughts on this 1971 Chevrolet Nova drag car?


  1. sakingsbury20@yahoo.com

    should of been described as a 350 destroked to 302 via dz crank….js

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  2. bobhess bobhess Member

    Looks well thought out, all the safety items in place, body presents nicely, and it’s fast. Not much more you could want out of a drag racer. I like it.

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  3. Tbone

    That crank is valuable. But regardless, like the old school vibe

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