1966 Chevrolet Nova II L79 Replica
Chassis no. 113116W164561
Looks innocent enough, this low-key notchback Chevy Nova is a two-door stripper, right? For most of its life that was the case. But in 2003, a well-known Chevrolet restorer decided to make it over as an L79 replica, a secret special-order muscle car that was one of the 1960's best "street sleepers."
Of the 177,485 Novas produced in 1966, just 5481 had the L79 option. Of those, most were SS models; it's estimated that just 1000 were post coupes like this car or sport coupes. Off the showroom floor, L79 Novas would do low 15-second quarter-miles, quick enough to ambush unsuspecting stoplight foes who dismissed the little car as a mere "grocery-getter." But as the new Camaro ascended to the Chevy pony-car throne, the L79 Nova became less desirable and the option was canceled by the factory in early 1967. With a production run of little more than a year, it's one of the rarest Chevrolet performance cars.
Base for this L79 transformation was a clean six-cylinder 1966 Chevy II showing an amazingly low 17,000 miles. The interior, with rubber flooring and radio-delete option, was in such good shape that it was retained as-is and unrestored for the makeover. The rust-free exterior was treated to new paint in the original factory Ermine White. "Dog dish" hubcaps and redline bias-play tires complete the purposely understated look.
Heart of the L79 conversion is a rebuilt, date-related 350-hp 327 V8 with many of the correct L79 accessories, working through a four-speed transmission with Hurst shifter. As the builder warned, "Hang on! This car gets with the program. It's quick!"
Car has seen only a few hundred miles in the current owner's care. It's always been stored inside. Included in the sale are the personalized STRIPPO license plates and a professionally done show placard.