Nothing says “muscle car” like an L48 350 V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor. The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Chevrolet Nova SS that’s described as “flat-out stunning” and “laser straight” by the dealership in Hamilton, Ohio, advertising the coupe on ClassicCars.com.
Originally launched for the 1962 model year, the Nova (then called “Chevy II”) was designed to provide “maximum functionalism with thrift.” The Nova compact car was first designed with the Ford Falcon used as a benchmark, and it sold (albeit not continuously) for a total of 22 model years between 1962 and 1988.
While envisioned by its creators as a basic car, the Nova went on to be offered in a wide variety of configurations over the years, from econo-minded family transportation (even including a station wagon variant) to a tire-burning muscle car with a 396-cubic-inch big-block V8.
That muscle car was the Super Sport version of the Chevrolet Nova, originally just a trim option but later sold as a complete performance package. At the heart of every Super Sport was a V8 engine option, either in 350-cubic-inch or 396-cubic-inch configuration. The 350 produced 295 horsepower, which for its time was a lot of power for one of the smallest cars coming out of Detroit.
The selling dealership describes how this example is one of the nicest of its kind they’ve ever seen. There are 81,024 actual miles on it, and the condition is reportedly in line with the low odometer reading.
On the outside, the Midnight Emerald Mica paint is said to have a mirror finish and it is enhanced with rally wheels and clean bright work, the seller says, and on the inside, the bench seat, carpet and door panels are all in nice condition. Most importantly, the dealer adds, the car runs and drives excellent.
Even though Chevrolet Nova updates for the 1972 model year were few, that year struck a record in Nova sales with nearly 350,000 units sold. About 40 percent of those were powered by the smaller 6-cylinder engine. Fake Super Sport examples are common in the enthusiast community, but this one is said to be a true SS survivor, which makes it rare and gaining in collectibility. At $34,900, this could be a chance to get in on that movement.
The seller says this car is “ready to go cruising.” The hardest part might be finding the right AM radio station for jamming out to on the Nova’s original factory head unit.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.