“Not all Dealerships were equal when it came to muscle cars. Sure, most could sell you a Chevy Super Sport and probably give you a good price too. But say you wanted the latest and best performance gear, or the near-race engine the manufacturer didn’t openly advertise. . . At a lot of dealerships those requests would be met with blank stares from the sales staff.” -Muscle Car Enthusiast Magazine Which is why gearheads in the know in the late 60’s and early 70’s found there way to a select few High Performance Dealers such as Reedman Chevrolet in Pennsylvania. Reedman Chevrolet was known for its reputation around high performance Chevys’ and was part of the infamous “Yenko Dealer Network”, mentioned in the most recent book “Yenko – The Man, The Machines, The Legend”. This special order Reedman Nova SS396 is no exception and is a great example of a no-frills muscle car built for pure speed. Under the hood is the numbers matching top dog L78 396 big block motor rated at 375hp, with solid lifters, aluminum intake, and a big holley, it was an engine option that required some detective work by the selling dealer to even find on the Chevrolet order form. It is hooked to an M40 Turbo 400 CW Automatic Transmission with a column shift and out back is a 3.55:1 12 bolt gear-set with positraction. Completing the all-business feel of the car is the simple front bench seat. The way it was spec’d out, it had to be one-of-a-kind. Wrapped in Autumn Gold 58/58, the original owner checked off nearly every box, with nearly 20 options noted on the order sheet (still have original order sheet, window sticker), such as the rare F41 suspension with sway bar, tinted glass, deluxe interior trim, power steering, AM Radio, bumper guards, door edge guards, electric clock, visor vanity mirror, remote rear view mirror, optional rally wheels, just to name a few!
Location: Burlingame, California, United States
See listing: 1970 Chevrolet Nova L78 SS396 (from May 8, 2016)