'66 L79 Nova, Canadian Built - Chevelle Tech
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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 15th, 16, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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'66 L79 Nova, Canadian Built

Here's a neat car...just a base red-on-red Nova hardtop with the 350hp mill, 4-speed trans, and Positraction. I wouldn't change a thing about it except swap out the current steelies and ridiculously narrow tires for some period-correct Torq Thrusts. And, that antenna has to go.

While I'm not sure I could ever spend $60k on a Nova, I think this car isn't terribly overpriced, maybe $15-20k, if the engine stamp can be authenticated. It obviously needs some updating but it's a neat (and very rare) car.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old May 15th, 16, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Re: '66 L79 Nova, Canadian Built

Canadian-built and documented by VVS. It doesn't say it, but I seem to recall that something like only 43 L-79 Chevy IIs came off the line in Oshawa, and perhaps another 35 Acadian L-79s as well. The L-79 engines were supplied by the Flint, Michigan plant. The rest would have come from St. Catherines.

Check out the seat belt buckle ornamentation, a Canadian-exclusive for 1966. Also the trim tag & plastic Protect-O-Plate are Canadian versions as well.

As for the ridiculously skinny tires, the 6.95-14 size (like 175/75-14 today) were as big as you could get from the factory.

That car is probably a 2 hour drive west of me.

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Re: '66 L79 Nova, Canadian Built

Here is a quick question, the car is listed for $60,000. Is that Canadian dollars or US dollars? I don't normally look at items for sale in other countries and I'm curious.

It's a nice car, too bad he didn't use vintage, or period correct gauges. I know it's nit picking, but it's an easy fix, and it bugs me.

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Here is a quick question, the car is listed for $60,000. Is that Canadian dollars or US dollars? I don't normally look at items for sale in other countries and I'm curious.

It's a nice car, too bad he didn't use vintage, or period correct gauges. I know it's nit picking, but it's an easy fix, and it bugs me.

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$60,000 USD. If I wanted to buy it then it is almost $78,000 CDN based on the crappy exchange (wait, what exchange? The car is almost local to me, say what?)

Agreed, either some nice vintage gauges or a knee knocker would have been better. That and the correct white embossed shift ball. Overall though there isn't really much to complain about except that it isn't already in my garage.

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$60,000 USD. If I wanted to buy it then it is almost $78,000 CDN based on the crappy exchange (wait, what exchange? The car is almost local to me, say what?)

Agreed, either some nice vintage gauges or a knee knocker would have been better. That and the correct white embossed shift ball. Overall though there isn't really much to complain about except that it isn't already in my garage.
Thank you for the clarification.

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The 66 and 67 Nova's are bringing crazy money. About a year and a half ago I sold my big block, 5 speed 73 Camaro. I sold it because I wanted to get back into a Chevelle. I was having zero luck in finding what I wanted in a Chevelle so I expanded my search a little and came across a beautiful 66 Nova. It wasn't an SS car but had undergone an insane restoration. It had a Heidts custom front end with rack and pinion steering, a nasty little small block with a complete Edelbrock Performer RPM top end, a 4 speed, and a set of 3:36 gears. Paint, body, and interior were in immaculate condition.

I bought it mostly because it was a fantastic car and it had been built well. But once I got it home and put some miles on it, I wasn't in love with it. It felt flimsy compared to my Camaro and the healthy small block just didn't have the grunt of the big block either.

So I decided to go back to my original plan which was to find a big block Chevelle. The Nova was listed on eBay and within 3 days it was sold for $4500.00 more than I paid for it! I couldn't believe the response that car received.
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