Drag racing has long been the subject of controversy and debate fueled by individual perspective. Does it really take that much skill to drive a car in a straight line for 1,320 feet? It might when that car does so in under 10 seconds, or in excess of 200 miles per hour.
No matter where you stand on the “is-it-boring-is-it-exciting” spectrum, one thing we can all agree on is how awesome the purpose-built cars are, like the Pick of the Day, a street-legal 1967 Chevrolet Nova II drag car.Side view of the drag car
General Motors originally intended for the Nova to be a simple, back-to-the-basics compact car. But the second generation quickly became a drag racer’s dream as the little car had provisions for small-block V8s with high horsepower.
This 1967 Nova features a full tube chassis and is powered by a 406 small-block Chevy engine fitted with a B&M supercharger. The engine is fed with 16 Fast Fuel electronic fuel injectors and 16 nitrous injectors to produce 800 horsepower without nitrous, 871 horsepower with, although as the seller notes, the engine has never been run with nitrous, according to the private seller listing the car on ClassicCars.com.
The engine is mated to a five-speed manual Lenco Racing transmission, the listing says, and the rear stays planted with a Mark Williams aluminum 9-inch rear end with a full 4-link suspension. The Nova is stopped by a full set of disc brakes with line-lock.
A 12-gallon aluminum fuel cell has been added while other features include power windows, and power locks and trunk controlled with a key fob. The nova has a set of HID headlights to help maintain its street legal status, and a custom oval exhaust for ground clearance.
Sporting custom Budnik wheels, the street legal dragster sits on Hoosier Street slicks and comes with an extra set of Mickey Thompson radials on Budniks 17-inch wide wheels.
The North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, seller says the Nova has more than $300,000 invested in the build and less than 150 miles since completion, but isf offering the high-performance car for $96,000. The seller says the Nova drives nicely on the street, and while it has never been raced, it has done some nasty burnouts.
To view this vehicle listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day