Red Restomod: 1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 Wagon – SOLD!

by | Nov 2021 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

November 16, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Classic styling and just the right size combined with modern performance, comfort, and convenience. That’s the definition of a Restomod and this 1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 originally listed in November 2021 on Craigslist in Channahon, Illinois (Joliet) appears to be the poster child of the movement. Featuring a TCI front suspension clip combined with a coil-over rear setup, the current caretaker (and we assume builder) had their Nova restomod listed for $38,000 or best offer. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Nova restomod priced twenty thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Concours” appraisal of $18,500 for a stock example.  Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the seller’s ask is $20,500 above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,500 for a stock example.  The premium here is typical for a modernized restomod of this build quality.

After the rear-engine Chevrolet Corvair was outsold by the conventional Ford Falcon in 1960, Chevrolet completed work on a more conventional compact car that would eventually become the Chevy II. The car was of semi-unibody construction having a bolt-on front section joined to its unitized cabin and trunk rear section, available in two-door coupe and four-door sedan configurations as well as convertible and station wagon versions. The 1962 Chevy II came in three series and five body styles—the 100 Series, 300 Series, and Nova 400 Series. A 200 series was also introduced but was discontinued almost immediately.

Available engines for the Chevy II in 1962 and 1963 included Chevrolet’s inline-four engine of 153 cubic inches and a new third-generation 194 cubic inch Chevrolet straight-6 engine. All Chevy II engines featured overhead valves. A V8 engine was not available in 1962 and 1963.

The Saturday’s World YouTube Channel supplies us with this 1962 Chevy II commercial showing a two-door hardtop version cruising the streets of San Francisco:

Between the tastefully colored and air-conditioned interior combined with a modern suspension setup and V8-power. This 1963 Chevrolet Nova 400 Station Wagon offers the ability for you and your family to cruise in comfort.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“I have a super clean 1963 Nova Wagon for sale. The car is set up to run out well, has a TCI front end with disk brakes, TCI 4 link with coil overs in back! The car has a stock 350 with a 200R4 overdrive trans, and rolls down the highway at 85mph without any issues! We just took it on a 2600 mile Power tour cruise and Woodward the same 10 days and it was perfect. Aluminum radiator, Sniper EFI, Aeromotive tank with the pump built-in, Vintage AC, and nice Flowmaster exhaust. Car runs cool on the hottest days, Car gets looks everywhere, no rust, clean underneath, power rear window, no issues. I am selling this and my Camaro to make room for a few projects is all. Clean and clear title in my name on hand. $38k OBO. No trades, just need the room or I will keep it. Email for questions or call/Text 630-486-forty twenty”

Show or go: what would you do with this 1963 Chevrolet Nova Wagon Restomod?  Comment below and let us know!

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