AJ's Car of the Day 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova L79 Sport Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Chevy II Nova L79 Sport Coupe

Year: 1966

What makes it special: It was the second generation Nova, receiving  a body restyle for that year. Plus, the L79 was a stealth fighter. A compact Chevy II Nova body with the same V8 available for that year Corvette.

What made it famous: An available option 350 hp 327 V8. It had an 11:1 compression ratio, forged pistons, big valve-heads, aluminum intake , a 600 cfm Holley 4-Barrel Carburetor, and factory dual snorkel chrome Air Cleaner, chrome valve covers, oil filler and cap. Delivered from the factory, an L79 Chevy II Nova would run 15 second quarter-mile times. A few bolt-on goods would make it run consistent 13-second times. The car weighed under 3,000 lbs.

Why I would want one: It's a little Hot Rod. Plus its rarity: Of the 172,485 Chevy II Nova's, only 5,481 were L79 equipped.

Fun fact: The street scene was where the biggest action for Chevrolet's compact, and there were a few dealers who capitalized on the Nova's success. Don Yenko, Nickey Chevrolet, Motion Performance and Dick Harrell Racing were all dealers who produced versions of the Nova that have gone on to become muscle-car legends.

 

( 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova L79 Sport Coupe photo from car.mitula.us )