The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 63
1964 Chevrolet Nova SS Coupe

Selling on Friday

1964 Chevrolet  Nova SS Coupe

CHASSIS NO: 40411N124534

• Bright orange finish really attracts attention
• LS1 Corvette motor with four-speed manual transmission
• Fully upgraded suspension and disc brakes
• A classic that’s at home on street or strip

5.7 litre LS1 V-8 engine, 345 HP, four-speed manual transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 110”

Beginning in 1962, Chevrolet needed a conventional small car to compete with the Ford Falcon, so they developed the Chevy II. By 1962, the Nova option package was available and, by 1963, the hugely popular Chevy II Nova Super Sport was released and finally, by 1964, a V-8 engine was available. Our consignor took that one step further and, during an obviously comprehensive restoration of this car, installed an aluminum LS1 Corvette V-8 instead. All the updates for 1964 are still in place, including the redesigned grille with nine vertical bars that were spaced along the five full-width horizontal blades.

The fuel-injected 350 LS1 is a Corvette staple, and well-renowned for reliable power. It’s simply a lot of engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission for a lightweight car, so the brakes and suspension were also improved with power discs all around and new shocks and heavy-duty springs. The interior is all new and delightfully set up, with all new Dolphin white-faced gauges, new tan surfaces, and a custom three-spoke steering whee and air conditioning to keep your cooll. The brushed stainless console holds the performance gauges and a short-throw four-speed shifter. Everything matches perfectly, with brand new leather upholstery, nice carpets, and floor mats included. It’s simply the most comfortable and luxurious Nova interior we’ve ever seen.

The most remarkable thing about this Nova SS has to be the impeccable orange finish, which really stands out. It’s a deep paint job in excellent condition, with show-car level fit and finish throughout. The brightwork and chrome elements are all excellent, with the hood scoop sporting a discreet white stripe and “Fuel Injection” chrome trim letting real car guys know there’s some fun lurking under the hood. Set off by custom 10-spoke alloy wheels with big and little style tires, there’s no doubt this Nova SS would be a capable steed at any drag strip in town. This lovely custom is capable and comfortable on the road, and would certainly be fun at the strip, giving the new owner many ways to enjoy their new purchase here in Corpus Christi.

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