AutoHunter Spotlight: 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS L79

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS. Power is supplied by a numbers-matching L79 327ci V8 engine backed by a four-speed manual transmission. Features include bucket seats, console, Delco AM radio with rear speaker, and Positraction. Finished in bronze over an off-white vinyl interior, this Nova SS comes with extra parts including the original wheels and correct wheel covers, Protect-O-Plate and transferable Rhode Island registration.

This 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS was built on January 28, 1966, in Norwood, Ohio. The original owner, who purchased it from Count Darling Chevrolet in Andalusia, Alabama, reportedly kept it for 30 years. The exterior was refinished 25 years ago in the original color of Aztec Bronze (code M). Features include accessory bumper guards, rocker moldings, left and right rearview mirrors and rear-mounted antenna.

A set of 14 x 6-inch Aztec Bronze steel wheels is wrapped in new 205/70/14 BFGoodrich Silvertown redline radial tires.

The vinyl interior is upholstered in Light Fawn (code 718). Features include padded dashboard, center console with shifter, and manual steering.

The instrument panel includes a 120-mph speedometer, clock and gauge for the fuel level. A Stewart Warner oil pressure gauge is mounted under the dashboard. The odometer has rolled over and reads 125,307 miles, which the selling dealer reports to be accurate.

Power is provided by a numbers-matching, 350-horsepower L79 327ci V8 engine fed by a correct, rebuilt Holley 3245 600-cfm carburetor. Other features include a dual-snorkel air cleaner and Muncie M21 close-ratio four-speed manual, which is reportedly the original transmission to the car.

This Nova SS is equipped with an independent front suspension and BS-code 12-bolt solid rear axle with 3.31:1 gears and Positraction. Braking is provided by manual four-wheel drums. A $1,500 NCRS-approved Gardner dual exhaust system exits at the rear.

The selling dealer will include the original SS wheel covers along with the 14 x 6-inch hubcaps. Other items included as part of the sale are the original fuel and water pumps, alternator, paperwork from previous ownership, owner’s manual, and the aforementioned Protect-O-Plate. Additional documentation photos can be seen in the auction’s gallery.

The auction for this 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS equipped with the L79 327 ends on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 2:40 p.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery