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Pick of the Day: Nova station wagon with crate V8

1964 Chevy II has undergone resto-mod upgrading

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Take a first-generation Chevy II Nova station wagon, insert a 350cid V8 crate engine and other resto-mod mechanical components, redo the interior with the bucket seats and center console from a period Cadillac, and what do you have?

Well, for $26,499 you can have the Pick of the Day, a resto-modded 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova station wagon, being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Bolton, Massachusetts.

“First-generation Chevrolet Nova’s remain extremely popular in collector car circles,” the seller notes. “Many were produced; however, the survival rate was low. For this reason, quality examples as the one offered here are few and far between.”

According to the Standard Catalog of American Cars, Chevrolet launched its compact Chevy II model in 1962 to compete with the popularity of Ford’s Falcon. In 1963, Chevy started calling the upscale version of the Chevy II the Nova. In 1964, Chevrolet produced 35,670 4-door Nova station wagons. 

Nova, Pick of the Day: Nova station wagon with crate V8, ClassicCars.com Journal
Nova, Pick of the Day: Nova station wagon with crate V8, ClassicCars.com Journal

The seller notes, however, that this is no as-from-the-factory station wagon. It is underpinned by a Mustang II front end and a Yukon 8.2/disc-brake rear, and has only 700 miles on its ATK 350 V8 crate engine. The odometer shows nearly 50,000 miles, but the seller states the actual mileage since new is unknown.

Based in Grand Prairie, Texas, ATK Engines traces its heritage to a sister company, Vege Moteren, which was founded in 1936 in Holland and after World War II specialized in producing parts for the military vehicles the American forces left behind.

The seller adds that the wagon has an automatic transmission, power windows, and heat, but the air conditioning “needs connected or updated.”

The interior reportedly has been updated to SS trim level and has a B&M Shifter and power windows. 

“Currently could use new armrests (on backorder),” the seller points out.

The exterior has been repainted in red with a white top and the wagon rides on vintage wheels “for the sleeper look,” the seller reports.

“This is an excellent build and a great-running reliable car,” the seller assures. 

The Chevy II Nova wagon is offered for $26,499. To view the listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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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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