The blacked-out grille insert, bright chrome bumpers, and subsequent trim all look to be newer and provide a shiny contrast to the overall dark theme of the exterior. If you think the pictures make a bold impression, wait until you see this Nova in person. The black vinyl interior remains mostly standard-issue Nova, albeit really fresh, clean and nicely trimmed and augmented with a few modern pieces.
Since there are only seven or so known to exist today, you can imagine how expensive and highly sought they are. So, what’s a guy to do? Well, you build your own, and you take some liberties so you can actually get out of that cage once in a while without terrifying the neighbors.
It’s obvious that good money was spent in the engine bay, from the bright LT1 chrome valve covers and air cleaner to the Chevy Orange block to the rumbling Flowmater dual exhaust note below. A Holley 4-barrel carburetor and Winters intake manifold are a combination that was perfected years ago, so the sucker runs superbly and with newer exhaust manifolds leading to that throaty exhaust, the torque curve is robust. A quick-shifting Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission snaps off easy upshifts and is always read to drop down a gear and the heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end has 3.