If you get most of your classic car market information from watching Barrett-Jackson on TV, you probably think all muscle cars are extremely expensive and well beyond the average car collector. This is simply not the case.
The muscle cars at Barrett-Jackson, Mecum and other collector car auctions tend to represent either the top tier of the breed, or are merely bought for scads of money just so the winning bidder can be seen on TV spending scads of money on a muscle car.
But get outside the auction ring, and you’ll find the best place for more-affordable muscle cars are on the open market.
According to the dealer advertising this Nova on ClassicCars.com, the two-door hardtop is a solid car fitted with a GM 350 cid V8 bored out to 355 cid with a 4-barrel Edelbrock carburetor and aluminum intake, a mild aftermarket camshaft and 2.5-inch dual exhaust with performance mufflers.
The car also has 3.23 differential gearing, which makes this little Nova perfect for cruising on the highway, and the wheels have been converted to the more desirable five-lug style, with new tires.
The solid body has had only a few minor rust spots repaired, the seller says, and the Nova has been painted in Aztec Bronze, which was completed last summer. The photos with the ad show a well-restored car with nice paintwork and no signs of the bodywork.
The bumpers, trunk trim, fender emblems, Rallye hubcaps, wheel-well and rocker trim, and door handles have all been replaced. The interior was redone at the same time, making this an excellent car for date nights and cruise ins.
The best part is that you can buy this nice Nova for only $19,900. When you compare that to the Novas that sold at Barrett-Jackson this year, including one for more than $200,000, this looks like a great deal.
Maybe it’s not as perfect as the ones shown at Barrett-Jackson during prime-time bidding. but it is a nice muscle car for a very fair price.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.