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1963 Chevrolet Nova SS Comes Alongside 1964 Donor, V8 Upgrade Also Available

Two years after Chevrolet launched the Super Sport in the Impala lineup, the company decided to expand the SS to a new series.
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The Super Sport debuted in the Nova family, becoming available as RPO Z03 and carrying a $161 price tag.

The Nova lineup did not include V8 engines despite many customers upgrading to more powerful units using aftermarket units. The SS was, therefore, available with six-cylinder mills, so a Chevrolet Nova SS with a straight-six unit is not uncommon.

The Super Sport package still included welcome goodies, such as bucket seats, a floor shifter, the special SS emblems that many people drool after, and wheel covers.

The Nova SS in these photos comes in working shape, with the engine under the hood starting and running correctly. However, the owner emphasizes that the brakes need fixes, so you shouldn't consider the car road-worthy yet.

The Nova SS is still an all-original example, but it's now a restoration project requiring urgent repairs. The floors have already been invaded by rust, and the owner seems to believe that regular patching wouldn't be enough. You'll need new floors, so you'll probably spend a substantial part of the restoration time addressing the metal problems.

The car sells with several notable extras, including another Nova. The owner says they have an extra 1964 Nova that can go with the Super Sport. The purpose is simple: you can restore the Super Sport using parts from the 1964 Nova, making the project significantly more convenient and straightforward.

Considering many Super Sports still used a six-cylinder engine from the factory, the V8 upgrades were very common in the Nova SS customer base. The owner says they also have a 283 V8 from a 1964 model, though its condition is unknown. The 1964 Nova was the first model offered with a V8, as Chevrolet decided to expand the engine lineup and add a more powerful option in addition to the six-cylinder units already up for grabs.

If you want the full package to save this Nova SS and also get the V8 engine, you'll have to pay $15,000. It's an ambitious expectation, considering a complete restoration is needed, but the best way to determine the car's value is to order a third-party inspection or see it in person.

The interior looks great, and it doesn't seem like anything is missing. The red seats look great, and even the carpet is in good shape. The cabin will only need small TLC, but its condition is still impressive, considering the Nova's age.

You can find the vehicle in Orange County, and the owner says they'll answer any question. Make sure you ask them if the car is complete, unrestored, and unaltered before even thinking of going to check it out in person.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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