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1967 Chevrolet Nova

Powerhouse Hot Rods took this ’67 Chevrolet Nova even further, but with a restrained hand that gave new life to this project but retained its original look.

Externally, the modifications are subtle with chrome removed except side character lines. The emblems and badging are gone and deep glossy black paint shows off the arrow-straight panels. Both the front and rear glass is flush-mounted for a modern flair that enhances the classic design, an important but overlooked modification. 

A noticeable change is the hood, where a cowl induction hood scoop was added. This adds necessary clearance and airflow for what is underneath, a 590 horsepower LS6 motor with Magnuson supercharger. Also underneath is a custom billet valve covers, and a March Performance pulley kit. A Be Cool radiator helps with keeping the running temperature in check. The T56 6-speed trans with Viper internals sends the power back to a 12 bolt rear equipped with a 3.37 geared post. The rear is suspended by four-link and features a Heidts Super Ride 2. A custom stainless steel gas tank holds the gas, while disc brakes drilled at the corners and peek out from behind the Rocket Racing wheels (17” and 18”, front and rear). 

The interior was done in a deep red, complete with Dakota Digital gauges in a reworked dash. A Vintage Air A/C unit that keeps the passengers comfortable on hot summer days.

This Nova looks and performs so well, it leaves you wondering why people would want one of today’s cookie-cutter offering. They instead could have a car that performs just as well (if not better), but with beautifully-distinct style. Maybe this is why the big-three automakers are reaching back into their past for inspiration on styling that’s distinctly American.