1966 Chevrolet Nova SS – Rare L79 Option

This is a very nice restored 1966 Chevy II Nova SS in Regal Red (code RR) with red vinyl interior (that's original). What makes this car particularly special is it is equipped with the new for 1966, L79 engine option that replaced the previous L74.

The L79 is a Corvette 327 cubic inch V8 with 350 horsepower paired with a Muncie M-21 4-speed transmission. It would certainly be fair to say these were Corvette powered sleepers! Who was expecting a compact car to be such a brute?

Nova was introduced in 1962 with the Nova SS becoming a model option in 1963. For 1964 to 1967 it became a separate series.

1966 saw the introduction of a brand-new body with taller fenders that arched over the headlamps. Taillamps were now vertical with the back-up lens at the bottom.

1966 Chevy Nova SS - Rear

Rear view showing the new for '66, vertical taillights

The Nova SS was identified by the body sill moldings, SS grille emblem, "Super Sport" script on the rear fenders, front and rear wheel opening moldings, full-width rear deck panel with Chevy II nameplate and SS badge. You would also find an SS badge of the glovebox door.

1966 Chevy Nova SS L79 327/350 engine

L79 Corvette 327/350 HP - note the distinctive dual-snorkel chrome air breather

With the L79 option, the Nova SS now qualified for true muscle car status and probably offered the best value for money.

1966 Chevy II SS Interior

All-vinyl interior with bucket seats

Some available Chevy II options in 1966



Air conditioning (V8 only)


Power steering


Power brakes


Electric clock


Push-button AM radio


AM/FM radio


Front Bumper Guard


Rear Bumper Guard





350 HP V8 Turbo Fire - L79


4 Speed Close Ratio Transmission


The Chevy II had a wheelbase of 110", an overall length of 183" and width of 71.3".

Chevrolet built 10,100 Nova SS 2-door Hardtops for the 1966 model year. The original owner of this car paid $2608.20 plus the extras mentioned above. It is thought only about 200 of these L79 optioned Novas were built, making them highly collectable.

This '66 Nova SS L79 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)


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