Chevrolet: Nova 400

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Technical specifications

Type:Convertible Coupe
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Color:Garnet Red Metallic
Interior Color:Black
Engine:90 H.P. Super-Thrift 153 cubic 2.5L 4-cylinder
Trim:400 Convertible Coupe
Number of Cylinders:4
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Beauty is in the touch of the beholder.

But the saying is “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”.

Both are true with this stunning 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 Convertible. Of course, we can see with our eyes, the classic purity of this first generation Nova II, however, the owner whom I purchased this from in 2000 bought it from auction on the West Coast and was legally blind. Yes, he could not see… at least in the conventional way of sight, but he had vision and a fine sense of touch.
The previous owner bought this time capsule sight unseen, but used his heightened sense of touch to envision the beauty that you can see in these images. This was not the first time he laid his hands on a car. He has been an honored judge at the prestigious Eyes on Design concours for many years. Together with a few other visually impaired judges, they don white gloves and with the guidance of docents proceed to judge some of the worlds most beautiful and significant cars at this annual summer concours held in suburban Detroit every Father’s Day.

This 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova convertible has its roots in Canada. It was born on January 9th in Oshawa, Ontario. This is a super straight body with a pristine white automatic convertible top. The black vinyl interior is impeccable. The carpet and trunk are equally spotless. The engine bay houses a period correct 90 H.P. Super-Thrift 153 cubic inch 2.5L 4-cylinder mated to the 3-speed Power-glide transmission. This is a RARE vehicle as only 73 with the same model number were built in all of Canada! It is exceptional to find such an originally equipped Chevrolet Chevy II Nova. Most, if they survived, have been scooped up and heavily modified.

This car was repainted by a previous caretaker in the color you see here: The glossy, rich 1987 GMC Dark Garnet Red Metallic with clearcoat, code: 77/WA9154. Because the vehicle was photographed on separate occasions I would seek out a color sample from a certified body shop for a true representation of the color. The original exterior color was Autumn Gold Metallic. The interior trim color was 766-Light & Dark Fawn & Ivory.
Please keep in mind that this is a very detailed blemish list. Sans the small dent on the hood the rest could be addressed in an afternoon of care. There are a few minor blemishes on the exterior: 1. A ding on the left side of the hood. 2. A 6" scratch on the left front fender. 3. 3" scratch on the drivers side rear quarter panel. 4. Paint chip on the left fender above the headlight. 5. Scratch on the left quarter near the gas cap. 6. A 1" scratch on the left quarter near the flare above the tire and a 3" scuff on the lower. 7. Three 1" scratches on the deck lid. 8. Right quarter 1/2" scratch. 9. Left door edge has a few paint chips. 10. Right sill has 2 small nickel size areas of potential rust. The interior also has some minor imperfections: 1. The steering wheel has a paint chip. 2. The vinyl wrap on the right armrest comes untucked. 3. The left speaker grill in the backseat is dented.
The chrome bumpers are nearly perfect and the stainless steel trim including the window frames, moldings and details are virtually pit-free. The wheel covers are not original to the car, as they are Chevy SS covers, but are period correct.

I am not mechanically inclined and can’t speak about the overall mechanical condition from an underbody / engine standpoint, but I can say that everything operates smoothly when driven. The mileage shown is 72,883. The battery is brand new. The tires have full tread. The underbody has visual surface rust that has migrated to the passenger side sill. This is very minor and could be expected from nearly any car 50+ years old.

The interior is pristine with the addition of a Clarion DX515 Radio/CD player with a remote control. Two speakers have also been discreetly mounted near the back seat.
As you can see by the photos, the engine and engine bay is presumed original with no unwanted mods. During my ownership, I’ve always had the car serviced by the high caliber team at the famous Vinsetta Garage on the legendary, historical Woodward Avenue in suburban Detroit. Which also happens to be the first street on which a ticket was written for street racing on March 17, 1895.

I’ve owned this timeless Chevrolet Chevy II Nova almost 15 years and although it's in super condition, drives well and is reliable, I would like to use the floor space of my garage for other ambitions. During my ownership, this Chevrolet Chevy II Nova has always been garaged and covered when not out on a leisurely cruise and has never seen inclement weather. I’ve been quite diligent about keeping this gem in pristine operating and visual condition.

This is a car that is becoming more challenging to find in this near-original condition. It could be easily put on a rotisserie and brought back to it’s original factory color and underbody condition, or simply bought as-is and enjoyed for many more years to come. The uniqueness of this vehicle has been verified by General Motors of Canada Vintage Vehicle Department.

I do desire to see this go to a great caring new garage and will make every effort to answer your questions with as much detail as possible. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, ask any questions you might have about the vehicle, and be confident as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. Do not make assumptions. Please remember that this is a vehicle that was built over 50 years ago and even though it is a quality car please anticipate some minor flaws. I have done my due diligence to disclose all information known about this vehicle as the seller, please offer the same courtesy before bidding. If you intend to have an inspection, please be prepared to view the vehicle on location before the auction ends. I will assist in access for inspection only at its stored location.
The auction winner will be responsible for their own shipping arrangements, inspection fees, taxes and all other fees related to the purchase of this beautiful 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova convertible. There is no warranty provided or implied. The seller will not be responsible in any way for claims arising from shipping damage.
A $1,000 deposit is required within 48 hours of auction close via PayPal. Within 7 days of the winning bid the balance in full is due via cash or wire transfer. I will provide the buyer with a Bill of Sale which you will sign and return to me. I will wait for all financial responsibilities to clear and the signed Bill of Sale prior to releasing the car. I will also be listing the vehicle locally and reserve the right to cancel the auction at any time. This vehicle is being sold "as is" with integrity and the buyer assumes all responsibility.

I wish you good bidding, and the new owner a great new experience.

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