1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS
Perhaps the toughest little overachiever ever to harass the traditional muscle intermediates was Chevy’s Nova Super Sport. Never a style leader, this was a compact for the serious enthusiast who wanted to go fast on guile and light weight.
The Chevy II bowed for 1962, with Nova its deluxe edition. SS standing came the following year as part of a trim package, and by ’65, a 300-bhp 327-cid V-8 was available. A redising for ’66 replaced the nerdy box shape with huskier contours. Super Sport were back as two door hardtops with bucket seats and a pair of 327s: One had 275 bhp; the other was Chevy’s killer 350-bhp variant, the L79.
When the Nova SS returned for ’67, a base price of just $2683 landed the 275-bhp 327, but the L79 was not listed as an official factory offering. A handful did make it into ’67s, however, bringing the two year run to about 2200 L79 Chevy IIs. Besides Super Sports, the engine also went into Novas and base Chevy IIs.
There were the guerrilla fighters of the muscle jungle. A low profile and high power to weight ratio were their secret. The super Sport edition had some extra chrome, blackout trim details, and small SS emblems. But even with the slotted wheels of ’67 disc-brake option, a Nova SS by no means shouted”hot car”. Hooked to the mandatory four-speed manual transmission and carrying just 10 pounds per bhp, the tough L79 would quickly wind to near 6000 rpm, catching the big cube glamour boys napping.
“The 350-bhp 327 in approximately Corvette tune, dropped into a Chevy II, didn’t have the jukebox magic of 409 or 427, “reminisced Car and Driver’s Patrick Bedard in his 1990 ranking of the best all time street racers. “Still that combination made for one of the sneakiest muscle cars ever built… You might not notice a Chevy II in traffic until he got half a car length on you. Even in a boss machine, you might have to run 80 or 90 mph to get it back. That’s how fast those Chevy IIs were.
1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS General Performance
weight: 3000 lbs.
production: 300 .
Engine: ohv V-8
Fuel system: 1×4 bbl.
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower @ rpm 350 @ 5800
Torque @ rpm: 360@ 3600
0-60 mph: 6.5 sec
1/4 mile ( sec @ mph): 14.1@ 96.5
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