1972 Chevrolet Nova SS350 – SOLD FOR $28,000!

November 23, 2022 Update – We’re pleased to report the seller and high bidder were able to agree on a $28,000 price after the auction so we thank both the seller and buyer on finding this Nova SS350 a new home!

Guys With Rides is pleased to offer Lot 164, a real deal 1972 Chevrolet Nova SS350, in an online, reserve-style auction format on behalf of the current caretaker.

Bidding opened at 8:00 AM Wednesday, November 9, 2022, and continued for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 3:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

This 1972 Chevrolet Nova SS currently resides in the picturesque town of Holland, New York, which is less than an hour’s ride from Buffalo, NY International Airport.

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The Deets

Year: 1972
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Nova SS350
Location: Holland, New York
Mileage: 34,939
VIN: 1X27K2W288388
Exterior Color: Cranberry Red
Interior Color: Black Vinyl
Engine: 200HP 350 cu in V8
Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel: Gas

The third generation Chevrolet Nova SS was one of the smallest muscle cars ever offered and, by 1972, only featured a 200 horsepower 350 cubic inch small block V8.   That year, 12,309 buyers took advantage of the SS package equipped with that engine and power disc brakes, heavy-duty suspension, dual exhaust, dummy air intakes on the hood, black grille and rear panel, 14-inch Rally wheels, and SS badging.

The seller confirms his restored Nova is a “true SS VIN Code “K” car that runs and drives excellent.”  The small block 350 cubic inch appears to be stock and is connected to a TurboHydramatic automatic transmission. In addition to aftermarket Cragar SS wheels, the most noticeable exterior difference from stock is a cowl induction-style hood.

A look at the Trim Tag and VIN confirms this Nova left the Willow Run, Michigan production line as a Cranberry Red over black vinyl bench two-door sedan that also features an optional black vinyl top.  While Chevrolets of this vintage do not have SS Trim baked into the VIN, the only way you could get the Rochester Quadrajet-topped 200 horsepower 350 in 1972 was when a buyer ordered their Nova with the SS package.  The fact this Nova has the “K” engine code confirms this car came equipped with the 200 horsepower 350 cubic inch V8 and, by default, the SS350 package. In addition to factory air conditioning, an additional option is the desirable in-dash tachometer.  Also noteworthy is the fact that this 1972 Chevrolet Nova SS350 features optional factory air conditioning. However, the system requires a replacement condenser and a recharge to function again.

The current caretaker has owned this 1972 Nova SS350 since 2014. During his ownership, the seller only used their Nova SS for cruise nights and car shows in the Western New York area.  The seller states that the original engine and TurboHydramatic 350 received a rebuild 5,711 miles ago. As part of the transmission rebuild, the seller decided to add a ten-inch, 2500 RPM stall speed torque converter.  Other replacement parts installed during the 2014 restoration include a new horn, power steering gearbox, upper & lower arm bushings, parking brake, and rear leaf springs installed in 2014. In 2019, the seller elected to upgrade this Nova SS with a new 12-bolt PosiTraction rear-end equipped with a 3.55 gear set.  Then in 2020, the seller installed new coil springs, front and rear shocks, left and right inner tie rod ends, idler arms, lower control arm bushings, and electronic ignition. In 2021, the seller installed a new fuel tank.

The LemonSquad Pre-Purchase Inspection (“PPI”), completed one day before the start of this auction, confirmed this 1972 Chevrolet Nova SS350 is a nicely restored example with several items needing attention noted in the report.  The picture below contains the Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection.  To review the Pre-Purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return to this listing:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing access to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales year-to-date. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

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While this 1972 Chevrolet Nova SS350 sold at auction, please comment below or contact Rudy directly at 877-468-6497 if you are interested in finding a similar ride.  Thank you for looking!

3 Comments
  1. Mark L Lebel

    Does it have an HEI ignition or points?

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Mark, thank you for your question. We have reached out to the seller to confirm since we do not have a good shot of the distributor. Stay tuned.

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      • Guys with Rides

        Hi Mark, the seller confirmed his mechanic replaced the original points and condenser with a Petronix electronic ignition unit. That provides the advantages of an HEI distributor while maintaining the look of the original unit.

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