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454 LS7
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3 Speed Automatic
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Blue Metallic
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World Famous Dobbertin Nova! 14x Magazine Cover Car, Street Machine of the Year

1965 Chevrolet Nova

VIN 118375N120207

When the Dobbertin Nova was unveiled in 1982, it turned the custom car world on its ear, prompting Hot Rod Magazine to name this mean machine its Street Machine of the Year. The Pro-Street scene was in its infancy, and 30-plus years later, custom car enthusiasts still remember the car and its impact on hot rodding history. Making its debut at Car Craft Magazine's 1982 Street Machine Nationals, the Dobbertin Nova was named Grand Champion, and also captured awards for Best Engine, Best Car, Best Pro-Street Car and Best Engineered. In 1983, the Nova again swept those same categories at both the Car Craft Magazine's Street Machine Nationals as well as the Street Machine Nationals-East. It was also awarded Champion status that year at the International Show Car Association's Northeast Division. This groundbreaking machine has appeared on the cover of 14 magazines and has been featured in over 100 publications around the world. When Hot Rod Magazine celebrated its 65th Anniversary in 2013, they invited former Hot Rod Magazine feature cars out to Pomona, CA, for a Homecoming. The Nova went, and its presence prompted an inside cover and two-page spread in Hot Rod Magazine's August issue. It is, without question, one of the most significant and important custom cars ever built, and to this day remains a benchmark for innovation and excellence among hot rod enthusiasts. Rick Dobbertin devoted more than 3,000 hours over the course of three years to create this legendary performance vehicle. The Nova is in exceptional condition. With exception of the front wheels, the car is still 100% original to the day it was built. Sure to be a showpiece in any collection, the Dobbertin Nova is a piece of automotive history that will continue to inspire custom car builders for decades to come.

Vintage and recent calendars featuring the car, 16x20 print, 7 DVD's of the car being featured at various car shows, arm restraints for the seatbelts are included in the sale.

454ci LS7 V8 Engine
Twin Roto-Master Turbochargers
BDS 6-71 Supercharger
8-Port Nitrous Oxide System
Dual Holley 750cfm Carbs
Twin Radiators
B&M Comp Turbo 400 Transmission
DANA 60 Sure-Grip Rear End with 4.56:1 Gears
Manual 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
JFZ Rear Brakes
Chrome Alternator
Dual Oil Filters
Dual Overflow Tanks
Nice Radiator
Trans Cooler
Billet Distributor
Stainless Firewall
Chrome Hood Hinges
Electric Fans
Custom Made Tubular Front Suspension
Solid Front Axle with 4 Link
Rear Chrome Ladder Bars
Front and Rear Panhard Bars
Chrome Coil Overs
Chrome Drive Shaft Loop

Beautiful Metallic Blue Paint with Custom Stripes
Beautiful Bumpers, Grille and Trim
Awesome Fit and Finish
Solid Straight Body Work
Door Lips and Jambs are Clean and Solid
Nice Glass
Twin Parachutes
Wheelie Bar
Custom Finished Trunk
Solid Straight Rockers
Frame and Floors are Solid
Gold Leaf Details on the Frame and Floors
Polished Center Line "Auto Drag" wheels
165/80/15 Front Tires
19” McCreary Rear Tires

Two Custom-Upholstered Racing Buckets
Custom Center Console
5-Point Safety Harnesses
Hand-Held Fire Extinguisher
17 Auto Meter Gauges
2 Auto Meter Pro-Lites
Full Roll Cage
Deist Flame Out Fire Suppression System
Original Radio
Original Speedometer and Clock
Custom Door Panels

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