Candy Apple Red
You probably won\'t find a better way to haul your family and your gear than this 1967 Chevrolet Nova Wagon, aka a Chevy II wagon. Beautifully finished inside and out, it\'s an ultra-clean muscle-wagon that can transport the whole family to the grocery store or the car show, and fit in perfectly either way. Slick paint, a comfortable interior, and a hot little small block make this one of the cooler wagons we\'ve ever featured.
First things first, in my humble (and expert) opinion, vintage wagons are criminally underrated at the moment in the classic car world and as a group represent the most bang for your buck out there. Well-built cars like this Chevy II look awesome, drive great, and can lug the whole family around town in style. They could easily follow the same trajectory of the vintage pickup: overlooked at first, before quickly becoming entrenched in the hobby and vintage zeitgeist. And this Nova is exactly the right way to build a wagon. Take one unmolested, straight car, and spend a huge pile of cash restoring the body and paint to better-than-new condition. Some would argue that the Nova offers the best-looking wagon of the mid-60s, trim and angular, but not a land barge, and with the stance and flashy SS wheels, nobody\'s going to accuse it of being their parents\' car. The paint is a Candy Apple Red with a perfect amount of metal flake, rendered in beautiful two-stage urethane that gives this handsome wagon a fantastic shine. The builders refrained from adding any superfluous stripes or SS badges, because this wagon is nice enough to stand on its own merit and doesn\'t need to pretend to be anything that it\'s not. The bodywork is straight, the gaps are exact, and there\'s just no way the affordable little Nova ever looked this good on the showroom floor when it was new. It shows a few minor signs of use with some miles on the clock since it was finished, but the quality workmanship and expert care mean that it\'s still a head-turner just about anywhere it goes.
Open any of the four doors and you\'ll quickly see that the black vinyl interior is much nicer than your folks\' wagon from your childhood. No sticky old seats here, just supple vinyl bench seats with neatly pleated patterns, stock door panels, and acres of plush black carpet to make it cool and quiet inside. The padded dash is in great shape and looks practically new, and the original gauge bezel is still place and all the units are working as they should. Options are scarce inside, with only an AM radio, seatbelts, and a heater to speak of, but if modern amenities are your thing then there are a plethora of secondary market parts available online that are specifically made to fit a 1967 wagon. It\'s been driven a bit so it\'s no longer brand new inside, but the work was so well done that it\'s holding up beautifully and still looks rather fresh, further proof that materials were used that will stand the test of time. The spacious back seat is upholstered to match the front, so rear seat passengers won\'t feel left out. And out back you get a giant cargo bay for all your stuff, nicely finished with matching black carpets.
A glance in the engine bay will help you understand why this car is so special. The 283 cubic inch V8 is dressed neatly in Chevy orange paint and topped with a chrome air cleaner and finned Chevrolet valve covers that give it a very polished look. The small block is topped by an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor atop an Edelbrock intake, and it has a brand new alternator so it starts quickly and idles well and doesn\'t have any of old-car fussiness. Sure, the horsepower isn\'t over the top, but that\'s not the point of owning a vintage wagon. The transmission is a TH350 3-speed automatic, and with highway-friendly gears in the 10-bolt out back, it\'s a terrific cruiser on modern roads. Long-tube headers feed into a dual exhaust system with Dynomax mufflers, providing a perfect throaty soundtrack for the small block up front.
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