1966 L79 NOVA
FOR THE DISCRIMINATING COLLECTOR. 1966 CHEVROLET NOVA L79, 327-350HP, FOUR SPEED, 3.31 POSI-TRACTION. CAN IT GET ANY BETTER? YES- COMPLETE ROTISSERRIE RESTORATION. NUMBERS MATCHING ENGINE. STILL NOT ENOUGH? IT'S A SPORT COUPE, NOT AN SS! THE PRODUCTION RUN FOR L79 NOVAS IN 1966 WAS 5,481. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT LESS THAN 1,000 WERE POST COUPES AND SPORT COUPES. THAT CLASSIFIES THIS VEHICLE AS A RARE MODEL. FACTORY WINDOW STICKER AND PROTECT-O-PLATE! EXCLUDING THE SUPER NOVAS OF LATER YEARS, THIS IS THE MOST DESIRABLE NOVA OUT THERE.
HISTORY: In 1966, Chevrolet accomplished a design revolution that would not be appreciated until years after. Using the existing 110" wheelbase, they transformed the Nova from a docile grocery getter into a legitimate grown up looking vehicle with a big car appearance. By adding the L79 option, they created a bona fide muscle car. This beauty out of the box could run the quarter mile in 15.1 seconds at 93 MPH. With a few modifications, such as headers, slicks, and a hot tune up, runs in the 13's were possible. This screamer exceeded the magic one horsepower to cubic inch ratio, and combined with it's light weight made for head snapping power. The new design Nova was the first edition of the long hood, short deck style that would define the sixties. That this model survived at all is a miracle with the introduction of the Camaro in 1967. As stated previously, 5,481 L79's were built in 1966 and only 6 in 1967 before the option was cancelled by the factory. It will go down in history as one of the better ideas Chevrolet developed.
EXTERIOR: The laser straight body on this L79 is finished in the original A-A Tuxedo Black. The fit and finish on all panels is almost perfect. Paint is mirror gloss, with no obvious imperfections. All glass is in excellent condition. Every piece of chrome and stainless is either refinished, replaced, or replated. Stock Chevrolet wheels with "Dog Dish" hubcaps. Mounted on the wheels are 6.95x14 4 ply B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tires. Stock ride height and stance.
INTERIOR: Factory stock red cloth bench seat interior. The only frills in the interior are the AM push button radio and the four speed shifter. Interior completely redone. From the dash to the package shelf everything looks as new. Guage faces are near perfect. All correct materials used in seat covers, door panels, carpet, headliner, etc. All weatherstripping, window fuzzies, and rubber trim is new. Door jams done correctly with cast latch and striker mechanism. Doors open and close like a new car.
DRIVETRAIN: Completely rebuilt. Numbers matching L79 engine. Engine code F1103ZI with vin number 113276 stamped on pad. Factory forged pistons. 4.00" bore and 3.25" stroke. Forged steel crank. 11.0:1 compression. 350HP at 5,800 RPM. 360 Ft.Lbs. of torque at 3,600RPM. Holley 600 CFM carburetor. Factory dual plane aluminum intake manifold. "Double hump" 2.02 heads. 2.02 intake and 1.6 exhaust. Hydraulic cam with a .447 lift. Original chrome dual snorkel air cleaner, valve covers, and oil filler cap. Stock exhaust manifolds. Engine bay is correct down to the hose clamps, battery, and battery cables. This engine exploded the myth that a small block Chevy only made horsepower at high RPM. Also, the hydraulic valve train kept the car docile enough for street driving. Correct, rebuilt. Muncie Close Ratio M-21 Four Speed. Code 3852980N 12 bolt posi-traction W/ BS0928G 3.31 gears. Every nut , bolt, and part underneath has been redone.
OPTIONS: Push Button Radio, HD Suspension, Posi-Traction Axle, 350HP 327 Engine, 4 Speed Close Ratio Transmission, 6.95x14 WSW Tires. That's it. Ordered as a street machine. Also, don't forget it is a 11637 Sport Coupe, not as SS. This is documented by the window sticker and Protect-O-Plate.
This is an opportunity to own one of the nicest L79 Novas around.
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Updated May. 19, 2013 02:27 EST