1966 Chevrolet Nova SS

This is a perfectly restored example of a 1966 Chevrolet II Nova SS in Regal Red (code RR) with matching red vinyl interior. This car is particularly special as it is equipped with the L79 option -  a Corvette 327 cubic inch V8 with 350 horsepower paired with a Munchie M-21 4-speed transmission. Only 200 cars with this option were built!

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 view showing, 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.

1966 Chevrolet Nova SS Interior


Some available Chevy II options in 1966



Air conditioning (V8 only)


Power steering


Power brakes


Electric clock


Push-button AM radio


AM/FM radio


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 hardtop cars (style number 11737) for the 1966 model year at a base price of $2,430. The L79 327 V8 Turbo-Fire option was $198 with 4-speed manual transmission costing a further $475. Also fitted is a tinted windshield at $21.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

Muscle Car Source Book

Muscle Car Source Book by Mike Mueller

Fantastic Muscle Car book full of great photos and is a fantastic resource stuffed full of interesting facts.


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