Rebuilt drivetrain and restored body. Inside were forged, high-compression pistons, a performance-ground camshaft, high-flowing cylinder heads, and an aluminum intake with a four-barrel Holley carburetor. There are new door window felts. But due to its duration overlap, it could not properly idle when mated to an automatic transmission.

At the time, it quickly became the hot ticket for any self-respecting small-block Chevy owner. This big money collector car thing leaves me cold. The seller adds that the exhaust is fully original from the headers to the resonators. There is no evidence of any rust bubbles in the paint anywhere. You may come across a 3790721 Chevy II L79 block. Created by Frisbey Designs Copyright © 2020, Red Hills Rods and Choppers Inc. Open the driver’s door and you will find a beautifully restored black vinyl bucket seat interior w/ 4-speed console. Also, the original glass is still in place and looks outstanding, especially for being 52 years of age. Many of the L79’s were bought for this purpose. I had the same engine in a Corvette, it likes to rev :). That’s why this 1966 example here on craigslist is listed for $78,000, as it’s quite the rare bird and likely only going to increase in value. The L79 fires right up every time. With the restoration, an MSD ignition with rev limiter and an MSD distributor was installed. I would be happy to pick it apart more on the phone if you like. We’re guessing most of that time it must have been indoors, as relatively minimal patina on the original Marina Blue paint would certainly be much worse if exposed to more than a year or two of the sun in its native Arizona. With less than 1,000 miles from new, it’s safe to say the car has spent most of its life in storage. This special 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS 327/350hp L79 is an investment-grade classic that will only continue to appreciate in value as the years pass.

Traction bars were also welded on.

The free-revving L79 is a storm-trooper from 2,400 rpm all the way to 5,800 rpm, and often leaves the big block cars in its dust! She runs & drives beautifully in every way, however if you are planning on driving this collector-grade L79 Nova, I would put a set of beefier tires on her. An original-owner 1966 L79 did battle with the fiercest of Novas By George Mattar from December 2007 issue of Hemmings Motor News.

Makes that 1964 Chevelle SS 4 speed ,last week,look like a good deal. I don’t think it gets much better than a comfortable cruiser like a Nova with the L79 at your disposal. It has the original push button stereo with the optional rear antenna. Rebuilt drivetrain and restored body. Completely restored and codes matching for less than they want for this nova @ a meecum action last year. Finding a fully documented factory (Code AA) Tuxedo Black ’66 Nova L79 that fits the criteria that I’ve mentioned is nearly impossible, as the few remaining examples that exist are firmly tucked away in high-end collections, never to see the light of day. Also, there is new Flowmaster mufflers and aluminized exhaust behind the old vintage Hooker Headers.

Much of the interior is original. All rights reserved. Around Monroe, Michigan, car guys knew of an L79 Nova parked outside on a farm. Under power, the 12 bolt posi performs flawlessly. If I drove this one like I do my other cars, the value would drop precipitously. And someone wants to criticize the paint? So it is the correct block, dated correctly. I’ve owned them all. There is a little touch up on one door in the clear coat about 1/4 of an inch size you probably wouldn’t know about unless you were told. Those cars were beasts. As I said I love this thing.
The oil pressure is good and high even once the car is at operating temp.

The suspension and brakes take the handling and driveability if this L79 to a new era. 1966 Nova SS L-79, 4 speed 327/350 hp with 4 speed and 12 bolt rear. For the serious buyer, I have photos of these stampings, along w/ stampings on the bellhousing, alternator, intake manifold, Holley carburetor, exhaust manifolds, starter, water neck, wiper motor, etc.

This 1966 Chevrolet Nova is a rare Chevy II Nova that is equipped with a 327ci L79 small-block Chevy engine backed by a Muncie 4 speed transmission - Super Chevy Magazine I sure wish I were thew one to find this in a garage somewhere though!

Parade of L79 Chevelles/Corvettes/Novas Registered in 2020 in date order.

Also, a high volume electric fuel pump was installed in the trunk with a fuel cell. They built 5481 Z-79 novas in all body styles…not just SS…. I was just cutt’n up man. The ’66 Nova is one of the sharpest looking cars ever made and I’d be happy with one powered by a 283/2bbl. The Chevy II script at the bottom of the front fender indicates Chevrolet had a change in mind for its compact economy car. It was a numbers matching car with the correct ZI block, M-21 4-speed close ratio trans and 373 12 bolt posi rear. Not wanting to take a back seat to the other manufacturers, Chevrolet upped the ante in 1966 and redesigned the Chevy II, since it had been five years since the last make-over. The original seat belts work. I have inspected the vin and cowl tags closely, and they both obviously have the original rivets holding them to the body, and have never been tampered with as often happens during restorations or “faking”. This is one beautiful, solid, and correct car.
The father provided me with all the factory documentation including invoice and Protect-O-Plate. The positraction 12 bolt rear provides solid power to the ground. You could even get it paired with a 4-speed manual, putting a 350 bhp L79 motor in what was otherwise a very sedentary-looking Nova. FO108ZI 145222, these are on the front block pad on the passenger side. Not wanting to take a back seat to the other manufacturers, Bridgestone Silvertown 1” white-wall tires, Open the driver’s door and you will find a beautifully restored, black vinyl bucket seat interior w/ 4-speed console, original numbers matching 327/350hp motor, original numbers matching Muncie 4-speed transmission, original numbers matching 3.31 Positraction 12-bolt rear end, original Warranty Protection booklet w/ original Protecto-Plate. Paint is shitty!!! Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Chevy Hardcore, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE! ******This is very important******. 1966 CHEVY II - SS - Chevrolet | Classic Cars | Kelowna | Kijiji, VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter Street, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Impressive though it may be, I also think the muscle car craze is a bubble that will deflate as Baby Boomer numbers continue to thin.

The car was a 51,000 original mile example in excellent condition before the restoration began, so several original trim pieces such as the side rocker panels and rear trim panel were left as-is and look beautiful. However, this year did mark the Nova’s official induction into the muscle car world, as the new Nova benefited from the addition of the L79 option — a 327 cubic-inch V8 with 350 horsepower. I dont deny that at all. Myself included. Special thanks to BaT reader Frank C. for this submission.   |   362 = cast on the sides of the block underneath, these are the last 3 numbers of the block casting number which is on the driver side facing up on the rear of the engine. I think I could just bend it in no problem, but I hate to do that to such a nice paint job if it possibly cracked. It’s like comparing a grapefruit(Buick) to a Red Delicious Apple(’66NovaSS).

Jeff Lavery. Please enable JavaScript to engage in the discussion on this site. I owned a ’66 Nova SS Lemonwood Yellow and black interior with the L79 RPO option. Dear Supercar Registry Member, To post in the Classified you must be a Paid Member.The cost is only $25 a year and your Paid Membership dues help with site maintenance costs along with ongoing upgrades/enhancements. The original 4-speed center console is in great shape, as well as the Hurst Shifter. The correct Tuxedo Black paint appears to be a mile-deep w/ a rich lustrous shine that simply cannot be improved upon.

The suffix code is found on a pad on the front of the block, passenger side. Packaged with a base 283 cubic-inch V8, the 1966 Nova SS came with a price of just $2,535.00. The design of the car revealed ideas being contemplated for the upcoming Chevy II restyle. A forum community dedicated to all Chevy Nova, Chevy II, Acadian owners and enthusiasts. In the same period 14,151 L79s were included in the Chevelle models, with none being produced in 1966.

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