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Pick of the Day: Custom-painted Monster Energy ’72 Chevy Nova

Car was top prize in a giveaway contest promotion


With my first glance at the photo of the 1972 Chevrolet Nova being advertised on ClassicCars.com, it looked to me as though the car’s body was covered in rust. Seemed unusual for a dealership to say it was “proud to offer” such a vehicle. And then I noticed the asking price of $46,000.

Intrigued, I clicked to the ad, where the dealership explains what I’ve selected as the Pick of the Day, a 1972 Chevrolet Nova that was painted by Kelly Graval to match the Monster Energy Khaotic can, complete with graffiti, paint splatters and butterflies.  The car was then offered up as the grand prize in a giveaway promotion.

It was just a little more than a year ago that Monster Energy had Kelly “Risk” Gaval, a Los Angeles-based graffiti artist and fashion designer, turn what had been a gray-and-silver Nova into a work of art, reflecting its Khaotic and Papillon flavors.

“Adding to the curb appeal is offset 18″ custom wheels with deep-dish 18″ in the rear that tuck nicely into a mini tubbed body, black bumpers, black mirrors, Corvette brake calipers, black grille; the stance is accomplished with coil over shocks, frame connectors, and tubular upper control arms,” the dealer adds. 

“Peering into the interior, one should notice the black vinyl bucket seats, black carpeting, AM/FM/CD player, custom steering wheel, tilt steering, seat belts, aftermarket gauges and air conditioning.”

The Nova is powered by Chevrolet V8 mated to a Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission and a 9-inch Ford rear.

Under the hood and are a March pulley system, oversized aluminum radiator, headers, an Edelbrock carburetor, aluminum Edelbrock intake and dual electric cooling fans, the dealer says. 

The car has power steering and power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes.

“If you are looking for a custom piece of artwork with muscle behind it, this is the car for you,” says the dealership, which is located in Tampa, Florida. 

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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