Two screaming small-block auctions on AutoHunter are set to culminate this evening, October 3, 2022. One’s a Blue Oval, the other a Bow Tie. Both feature solid lifters, manual transmission and smiles for miles. If you could be objective, which would you pick?
Alright, it’s difficult to find an objective enthusiast, especially if he or she is a Ford or Chevy guy/gal, but we can be optimistic, right? Here’s the details for each.
1965 Mustang GT Convertible
Closing at 6:30 p.m. (PDT) is this 1965 Mustang GT convertible with the K-code Hi-Po 289 and — get this — a supercharger. K-code Mustang GT convertibles are already the most desirable non-Shelbys from this generation, but the Paxton supercharger pushes it into another territory. Looking like a stock Rangoon Red 1965 Mustang GT convertible, this car represents so many worlds in the automotive hobby that it will satisfy most of the inhabitants on Earth and possibly a few others in planets far, far away.
K-code Mustangs only came with four-speed manual transmission (not until 1966 was an automatic available), but this particular vehicle has been upgraded to a TREMEC 5-speed manual, which is more than capable of exploiting the supercharger’s added power. Other features include the GT’s handling package and fog lights, front disc brakes, 14-inch Styled Steel Wheels, power top, Rally Pac gauges and AM/FM radio.
This 1965 Mustang GT convertible has had its reserve dropped, which means when you bid high, it’s yours … provided that you’re the high bidder.
1966 Chevrolet Nova
Ending at 6:45 (PDT), here’s another hot compact that made waves mid-decade, though for other reasons. Imagine if Chevrolet had a pony car in 1966 and the L79 327 was available. That would be a definite Mustang-killer! Instead, Grumpy Jenkins took the Chevy II and killed Hemis. The 350-horse L79 was basically a highly tuned Corvette engine placed in a lightweight compact that gave many a big-block fits, so it’s a significant entrant in the early muscle car wars. That small-block sits in a Chevy II Nova hardtop and not the more popular Nova Super Sport, making this vehicle more unique than most that you see in person and online.
The Danube Blue paint looks mile-deep, and it’s complemented by a two-tone vinyl/cloth interior. Being an L79, a manual transmission was required, with this Nova having the optional (and ideal) M20 wide-ratio four-speed. Other features include power brakes, redline tires, simulated mag wheels, longitudinal protective trim, bumper guards, AM radio and rear-mounted antenna.
The reserve for this Nova that goes like stink has been lowered to encourage you to put a bid, so why not do it? Because it is not a Super Sport, it has a bench seat so you and your honey can power-shift in each other’s company as you celebrate your purchase … unless you prefer having your hair blown by the top-down performance of a blown 1965 Mustang GT convertible.
Take your pick!