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Designed as a budget commuter car, careful selections on the order form could transform the Nova into a street brawler with few equals. That lightweight body shell was perfect for racers (then and now), and what better compliment to it than a high-revving small block that cranked out well over one horsepower per cubic inch? Of course, that heavy-duty engine meant that you needed a heavy-duty drivetrain to match, which this car carries, and its all matching numbers. Rare? Only 5481 L79s were built, but not all of them were SS models, making this o highly unusual and desirable car.
The paint and bodywork is absolutely first rate. Fortunately the guys ho restored this car were absolute pros. This car was bought new in 1966 by Raymond Schwalm in Johnson City, Tennessee. Mr. Schwalm shipped this car out to La Habra, California where he resided. Schwalm raced it a little bit and traded the car in to Don Steves Chevrolet with only 196 miles. A few weeks later the car was purchased by Gregory P. Ostlund as a first car. At the time Gregory was only 15 years old. Greg raced the car and in 1972 the car was put into storage at his parents house in Northern California. in 1974 Greg went through a divorce and the car was forgotten about until it was sold in 1986 at his parents estate with 1,907 miles. The car was all original, but because it sat for all the years the paint was pretty beat up. Being a car from California the car has never had any rust and was always in good shape. In 2003 the third owner decided it was time to freshen up the car by repainting in its original Paint Code R, Regal Red. The color really enhances the sleeper look. Lots of time was spent sanding and buffing the finish to its current show-level appearance, and you won’t be disappointed when you see it for the first time.
The real hook on this car, however, is the matching-numbers L79 327 living under the hood. As the top small block option for all of Chevrolets cars, this was a high-winding, high-performance, take-no-prisoners engine that took up where the fuelies left off. Making 350 horsepower from 327 cubic inches was an impressive feat in 1966, especially considering that this car uses only a single holley 4-barrel carburetor. Sporting all of its original components and hardware, the engine in this Chevy II has never been out of the car and only has 1,958 original miles. There’s a lope to the idle that tells you the cam is healthy, but it is not the kind of thing that will tip off a prospective opponent at a stoplight. The detailing in the engine bay is highly accurate, with satin black fenders and firewall creating the perfect backdrop for the deatiled small block. Up top, there’s an original air cleaner, which the factory chrome plated just to show you that you’ve purchased something special with an L79. Chrome valve covers sport correct 327 decals, and underneath, the original matching-numbers engine has been bathed in correct Chevy Orange paint. You’ll also find the original 3245 Holley 4-barrel carburetor, 3893594 aluminum intake, rams horn exhaust manifolds, and accessories. This is truly a car that can be shown at the very highest levels, and it has. The first time shown in 2003 the score won first place at the Chevy Nationals scoring 958/1000.
Underneath, its every bit as nice. Satin black floors, original frame, correct exhaust system, highly detailed suspension and brakes, and correct finishes on all the components. The Muncie M21 4-speed is this cars original transmission, and it drives a rugged 12-bolt filled with 3.73 gears, which are perfect for a street car lightweight Chevy II like this which can launch with authority!!
Open the door and you see the original red bench seat interior which has never been out of the car. This continues the sleeper appearance as people will think its your mom’s grocery-getter. The interior is absolutely original and in perfect shape. The red fabric covering the seats are factory fresh. This is a no thrills car as the only option is power steering, and is a factory ordered lightweight race car. This car is heater and radio delete. The white hurst shifter that is tucked in, right in front of the seat goes through all the gears perfectly.
If you’re a fan of sleepers especially factory sleepers like I am, this is a car that should really make you sit up and take notice. It embodies the philosophy of less weight equals more performance, and kudos to GM for taking their hottest small block and making it available in the little Nova. With a concours-grade restoration on this rare car, it could be considered investment-grade. There are others out there, but how many are real Chevy II L79 hardtops with 100% matching numbers? If you want the best of the best, this is probably it. This is a car that will wow the crowds at the next national show, and remains as fun to drive today as it did when it was new.
I have owned this 63 for a little over 9 years. It took 4 years to build. I started with a wrecked in the rear 2006 black, red int, 6.0 6sp GTO that had a little more than 3000 miles on it. Then I took out everything I could and put in the 63. Mr Cox built the full boxed frame to NASCAR standers ( he worked for NASCAR for years) WE installed a 1994 C4 corvette front and rear with disks at all four corners the rear end is a dana 44 with 390 gears. The wheels and tires I bought new from GM for a 2010 corvette run flat tiers.All the sheet metal underneath was hand built including the firewall and inner fenders.After running the car 4 times (ran 12.57) I took the motor out at 4125 miles and installed a set of new GM ported LS3 heads,LS3 intake,comp cam,fly wheel,clutch,pressure plate,throw out bearing,bolts, clutch sleeve new T-6160 aluminium drive shaft and half shafts and raised the rear of the car up two inches.I have not ran the car since these changes have been made.The wheels on the back in the pictures are drag radials and it comes with other two street wheels and tires.This little Pontiac will run 75 to 80 miles an hour all day long on the highway at 1800 to 2000 RPM and still fly though the 1/4 mile.