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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1963 Chevrolet Nova SS gasser

Custom Nova gasser-style race car up for auction


Over on AutoHunter, driven by ClassicCars.com, you can bid on this 1963 light blue custom Chevrolet Nova SS gasser. Owned by the same family for 49 years, the car was acquired in 1974 and built into a gasser-style race car with flared fenders, custom hood, performance suspension and a 327cid V8 sourced from a 1968 Corvette.

While the body retains all its original sheet metal, fender flares were welded on the front and rear and a custom lift-off hood made by JV Fabricating in Arkansas was added. The factory trim as retained, including side strips, rocker moldings and panel trim.

The car sits on New American Racing wheels wrapped in Pro Track tires with a staggered setup. The heavily modified suspension utilizes a Super Bell straight axle in the front with machined spindles from a 1954 Chevrolet, leaf springs and shocks. The rear suspension uses modified Slapper Traction bars with leaf springs and shocks.

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The customization doesn’t stop at the exterior. The interior features seats from a 1980 Pontiac Grand Prix upholstered in gray cloth with matching cloth door panels. The restored dash retains the original AM radio and heater controls along with restored gauges including a 120 mph speedometer, analog clock, and ancillary gauges for fuel, engine temperature, voltage and oil pressure. A gated shifter for the automatic transmission is floor mounted.

Special features are the 8,000 rpm tachometer and a fuel pressure gauge that are mounted outside, visible to the driver so they don’t have to look away from the road.

Under the hood sits the 327cid small-block V8 bored .030 over with TRW pistons, rebuilt Dart heads, and an 11.5:1 compression ratio. The Weiand aluminum intake is equipped with a 750 Holley Double Pumper carburetor connected to a Holley electric blue fuel pump with braided lines from the custom gas tank.

The ignition system was upgraded with an MSD 6AL box and the exhaust features modified Hooker headers with ceramic coating.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a custom-built Turbo 350 manual shift valve body with a 3500 stall converter and a Dana 70 rear axle with a 4:10 positraction differential.

The auction ends January 18 at 11:00 a.m. MST.

Visit this vehicle’s AutoHunter listing to find further information and a gallery of photos.

Racheal Colbert
An experienced writer and editor, Racheal brings her enthusiasm for collector cars to her role as the Content Manager of the Collector Car Network. Former Content Writer and Marketing Manager in the tech and publishing industry, Racheal brings a fresh perspective to the Journal and the automotive world.


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