1963 Chevy II Nova Hardtop

This week, we’re highlighting a 1963 Chevy II Nova 400 hardtop. 1963 was the first year for the factory-installed 283 cubic inch V8, but this car was originally powered by a straight six as most Chevy IIs were. With a healthy small block under the hood, the Chevy II is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

From the auction

This 1963 Chevy II Nova 400 has been under the same ownership for 30 years and
underwent a restoration and repaint in the factory Cordovan Brown some nine
years ago. It has a 355 cubic inch small block with Edelbrock RPM cylinder
heads and an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold topped by a Holley Brawler
four-barrel carburetor. The engine also has an MSD ignition. The engine is
connected to a GM 700-R4 four-speed automatic. A Positraction rear end has also
been fitted.

The Nova has power
steering and power front disc brakes, and has been updated from four-lug The
suspension system is said to be largely original other than the rear air shock
absorbers that were installed nine years ago. 

The seller says body
blemishes are limited to one ding on the molding atop one fender peak. The car
has the Super Sport trim, which in 1963 consisted of finned wheel covers, wider
side moldings, aluminized rear panels, and SS badging. Rust repairs have been
made above both headlamps and behind the rear bumper, but the car is said to be
otherwise rust-free and has its factory floor and trunk pans. All the exterior
trim is present and looks to be in good condition.

The Nova 400 has its
original rear seat and coverings. The front buckets are covered in vinyl that have
no rips or signs of excessive wear. The carpet is described as being in good
condition, with no visible holes or other indications of wear. The original
headliner is said to be in perfect shape, with an operable dome light. The
painted dash has all its trim and small controls in place. 


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Editor, author, PR man—Alan Rebescher has done it all in a 25 year career in the high performance industry. He has written and photographed many feature stories and tech articles for Summit Racing and various magazines including Hot Rod, Car Craft, and Popular Hot Rodding, and edited Summit Racing’s Street & Strip magazine in the 1990s. His garage is currently occupied by a 1965 Ford Mustang.

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