AJ's Car of the Day 1968 Chevrolet Nova L79 327 325 hp

Car: Chevrolet Nova L79 327/325 hp

Year: 1968

What makes it special: In 1968, there was a full blown war amongst American auto manufacturers in the performance car market. While the 396 V8 powered Nova Super Sport garnered most of the attention, there was a sleeper available in the L79 Nova that most were not aware of. By checking off the correct box, you could get a 325 hp 327 V8 coupled to a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission.

What made it famous: The 1966 & '67 L79 Novas were legendary, and buyers were disappointed when the option disappeared in mid 1967. It returned in 1968 with only 1,274 L79 Nova's produced. They are a scarce, low-key muscle car.

Why I would want one: It's another case of an out-of-the-oridinary muscle car. There are few originals in existence and as I mentioned earlier, the L79 is considered legendary. Plus, it's just a good looking car. Consider this one a small block sleeper.

Fun fact: 1968 was the last year for the L79 Nova. They're super hard to find now and often they are wrecks requiring a re-body or missing the vital drive trains.

 

(1968 Chevrolet L-79 Nova photo from barrett-jackson.com)