There''s a great deal of time and money wrapped up in this gorgeous 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS, ranging from the brilliant bright red bodywork to the snarling matching-numbers small block under the hood. It''s the kind of car that experienced street racers watch out of the corner of their eye, knowing that it''s a legitimate threat at the stop light grand prix. And with only 7015 SS models being built in ''71, it was the last of a dying breed. While horsepower was down in ''71, this car doesn''t seem to have gotten the memo. It offers a spectacular performance look backed by legitimate horsepower, not smoke and mirrors like the factory was peddling in the early ''70s. The vivid Holly Red paint looks great on the compact Nova, especially with the black vinyl roof, and they were quite thorough with their installation of all the correct SS badges and trim pieces. There''s no rust, no signs of previous accident damage, just clean, straight sheetmetal that fits together quite nicely thanks to a high-quality rotisserie restoration, the kind you just don''t see on these affordable Novas. These cars lend themselves quite well to performance-oriented makeovers, and this one looks fast, which was entirely the point, and even better, it actually IS fast. The fact that it''s also clean and solidly built is only icing on the cake. Where the bodywork was neatly restored to near-factory condition, the interior got a complete makeover, too. The black buckets are a rare find in an affordable Nova, but SS models certainly earned them, and with a center console, this is a somewhat rare bird. Standard Novas didn''t offer much in terms of gauges, but the console-mounted auxiliary gauges are a welcome sight and should look familiar to anyone who''s owned an early Camaro. And yes, this is a real-deal 4-speed car, complete with Hurst shifter and cue ball knob. The headliner and the door panels are new, the carpets look fresh and there''s a later AM/FM radio in the original radio''s dash slot. The trunk is finished with spatter paint, new mat, and a matching full-sized spare and jack assembly. A glance under the hood tells you all you need to know about this Nova''s real identity. It''s the original, numbers-matching 350 cubic inch V8, completely rebuilt and nicely detailed. The twin snorkel air cleaner seems to suggest serious blasting powder lives underneath, as do the finned valve covers that are a performance tradition dating back decades. Chevy Orange paint highlights the mechanical bits, and with ported angle-plug heads, this isn''t a wheezing smog motor any longer. The dual exhaust system uses Flowmasters for an awesome sound, while power steering and disc brakes make it feel nimble on the street. The 4-speed powers a rugged 12-bolt rear end full of 3.73 gears, so you can kind of imagine what this car was built to do, although the oversized front sway bar and urethane bushings make it a tidy handler, too. More bright red paint underneath is evidence of the rotisseries restoration and gorgeous factory SS wheels look right, especially wearing 225/60/14 BFGoodrich radials. Handsome and deadly fast, this Nova SS doesn''t have to pretend to be something it''s not, it''s already the real deal, now enhanced by a high-end restoration. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.