Some high-performance cars are designed in such a way that the untrained eye cannot tell what kind of monster is hiding under the hood. That’s not the case with this Chevy Nova, a 1970 model touring with the 421 engine.
From 6.9 liters of displacement, the “Black Nasty” is forced to push 650 horsepower to the heavy-duty rear end – an 8.5-inch unit – with a posi differential that spins 4.11 gears. “Only 50 miles since completed,” the listing reads from Volo Cars, and this kind of knockout for only $36,998 sounds like a bargain.
Instead of the Pontiac V8 we often associate with 421 cubic inches, the engine in the Nova is actually a short block Dart SHP. Developed by get-go for street and strip applications, the Sportsman High Performance is joined by an Eagle rotary assembly, steel crankshaft, forged pistons, H-beam rods, COMP Cams valvetrain, Quick Fuel carb and MSD ignition. Also features a 16-gallon fuel cell, braided lines, and an electric pump.
Equipped with a dual exhaust system that exits directly behind the front wheels, the one-of-a-kind Restomode features a pair of punk finishes that complement matte black and carbon fiber decals on the hood and trunk. Coy wheels feature 20″ x 14″ and 18″ x 7″ on all four corners, and are powder-coated in black and wrapped in Mickey Thompson sticky rubber.
According to the pro-touring school of thought, the 350’s custom-built transmission features a superset and 3000 stall. The “totally tricky suspension” ensures the car can handle twists, and some of the underside features include welded frame connectors, tubular control arms, a narrow rear end, and coilover shocks.
Volo Cars also states that the hood took 50 hours to manufacture and fit around the intakes. 30 hours were spent on the rear bumper, and as you can tell from the photo gallery, the side tabs and door handles have been shaved off for a smoother look.
Last but not least, check out this inside! Ostrich-patterned upholstery from the visors to the seats and competition seats are two of the Nova’s most obvious improvements, but even the rear seat is completely customizable. The finishing touch will be “Black Nasty” embroidered on the seat backs.