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A 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS Is Too Loud For Residential Area: The Apple of Discord

How loud is loud enough? The question has been diving the community of muscle car enthusiasts because of a new viral video. It shows a verbal dispute between a neighbor complaining about excessive noise and the owner of the car making said noise.
Tangerine 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS, star of the latest viral video from Chicago 7 photos
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The incident actually occurred at the end of February 2020, in a residential area in Chicago, Illinois, almost one month after Michael Markus had bought himself a new toy: a tangerine, a superb 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS. The incident was captured on his doorbell camera and then posted on social media with his permission, and it’s gone viral.

You can see it at the bottom of the page, as well.

The woman, whom Markus says he’s never seen around the neighborhood, comes to his door to inquire about “that orange car” and whether he can do something to make it less loud. Her windows rattle every time he drives by in it, she continues, and she simply can’t take the noise anymore.

Markus is honest from the start, telling her that, while he understands where she’s coming from (the car is loud, he says), he won’t lie to her and tell her that he’ll stop driving it. He just paid $40,000 for it and he plans to enjoy it, so he will be driving it to and from work every day. It’s not like he keeps it with the engine running in the driveway, he says.

“Well, that’s how the car is, it’s a race car. It’s gonna be like that every time I go in and out,” Markus explains to the neighbor.

“What do you want me to do?” he asks minutes later, when tempers have already begun to flare. “What do you want me to do!? Blow up the car? Just throw it away? I just paid $40,000 for the car. What do you want me to do with the car?!”

It’s not like he can just do something to muffle the sound, he says, though of course, he could do that with mufflers. In the end, Markus slams the door as the neighbor warns him she’ll have to take other means of intervention to keep him away from that noisy Chevy Nova SS.

The second video below is of Markus showing off the Nova, including the beautiful sound of its V8. While many fellow enthusiasts argue that it’s not as loud as the neighbor makes it sound, there are also those who say he shouldn’t be driving it around the neighborhood on a daily basis. So watch and decide for yourself.


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