Last of the first generation of Chevy II “Nova”, and the first year it would be recognized as a “Muscle car”, this great looking '65 Nova SS is small and light with a big motor. That means big fun in classic 60s style.
As you approach this car from a distance, you notice the aggressive rake of the chassis and how that seems to give it a bit of instant attitude. If the windows are down, you may also notice the great look of a coupe with no B-pillar messing up the clean lines. Red is always a good color for a classic car, and this one looks particularly good in it with splashes of chrome, sitting on graphite colored wheels. Up front, there is a full width grill with integrated headlight rings that flows directly into the deep, chrome front bumper. Window trim is in great shape and adds to the shine too. They will definitely see you coming at night under the lights! Nova SS emblems appear on the rear fenders, and crossed racing flags with “327” on the front fenders might be a little misleading, but that's OK. The real engine displacement will be disclosed on a “need to know” basis to unsuspecting challengers.
Open the door and you will find a nicely done black interior. The door panels have chrome highlights and the front seat is a split bench design with nicely pleated upholstery. Both front and back seats have “Nova” nicely embroidered in red. A deep dish, three spoke, wooden steering wheel feels good in your hands, and the slick looking, black and chrome dash is easily visible through it. There is a speedo to the left, basic engine gauges to the right, and a clock in between them. An Audiovox stereo is nicely mounted in a brushed aluminum trim panel in the center of the dash, with control knobs below it, and a Sunpro gauge cluster below them to keep accurate tabs on critical engine functions. The rather large trunk in this car means that you can throw all the folding chairs, coolers, and anything else you want in it for a night at the cruise in, or a trip to the beach.
So, as a prospective buyer, you will “need to know” what this engine really is. It is a little bigger than a 327 as it is really a 400-cubic inch small block. It sits snuggly in the nice, tidy, engine bay of this little car. A chrome, Holley air filter assembly assures that the engine is breathing clean air, and it flows through a Holly 4bbl carb and polished Edelbrock intake. Chrome Chevrolet valve covers look great and are complimented by a chrome alternator. There are signs of regular maintenance and the master cylinder and brake booster appear to have been replaced recently. An aluminum radiator with electric fans keeps the engine running cool. Power flows back through a 3-speed automatic to a 10-bolt rear end and to the ground through 215/60R15 tires mounted on American Racing Torq Thrust wheels. Up front, 205/60R15s handle the steering duties, and disc brakes provide good stopping power.
A classic Nova with a big motor means big fun. Come on down and check this one out. Then take it home, then out cruising, then maybe to the beach.