Classifind Cut: 1976 Chevrolet NOVA SS – $14,000

Dec 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

By the mid-seventies rising insurance rates combined with choking emission controls saw car manufacturers killing off iconic performance brands.  A prime example is Chevrolet’s Nova SS such as this 1976 two-door coupe we spotted here on Craigslist in Batavia, Illinois. Said to be a two-owner example with original documentation and only 62K miles, the current asking price is $14,000.  The Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the ask falls within this guide’s current #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $14,044 after factoring in the premiums for the rare 350 V8 and four-speed manual transmission.  If you are serious about buying this Nova, you can start the conversation by either calling or text the second owner at (630) 327-0044.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their SS featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Rare “Survivor” 1976 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport. 1976 was the last year of production for the Super Sport. This is the original paint color (Firethorn Poly). This is only a 2 owner vehicle. The owner’s manual, build sheet, maintenance schedule and warranty information are included. Clean title, Serious inquiries only.”

Show or go: what would you do with this low-mileage Nova?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. AnalogMan

    This one is a bit of a pricing enigma for me. By 1976, there wasn’t much ‘Super Sports’ left in American cars. Performance wise, this car isn’t even a shadow of what an earlier Nova SS from the early 70’s would be.

    The 350 V8 in this car is strangled by the primitive emissions controls of the time, and puts out only 165 hp – about what a typical Toyota Corolla or base Subaru does today. The 4 speed manual transmission is certainly very rare. This seems like a poster child car waiting for the ‘right buyer’. In this insanely over-heated car market today, where anything even remotely interesting seems to sell for breathtaking prices (check out the eye-popping sales prices on BaT), someone may well come along and pay close to the ask, but I suspect it might take a while.


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