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Classics Lost Feature: Finding The Owner Of This 396 Big-Block 1971 Nova

20:17  29 june  2020
20:17  29 june  2020 Source:   hotrod.com

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a blue car parked in a field: 001-1971-Chevy-Nova-396-SS-12-bolt-restored © Hot Rod Network Staff 001-1971-Chevy-Nova-396-SS-12-bolt-restored

Yep, these photos were sent to Super Chevy by the owner, and they fell between the proverbial digital cracks.

We have zero info on the car, or owner, besides what we can gleam from the images and the name Dwayne, which was in the image file tag. Using our sleuthing skills we feel it's a 1971 Nova, but to be honest they were nearly identical to a 1972 model. We did this by peeking at a taillight shot (reverse in the middle) along with the lack of fender gills and setup of the side marker lights.

a blue car parked in a parking lot © Hot Rod Network Staff

Oh, and this most likely won't help find the owner, but the pics were snapped with a Sony DSC-R1 camera.

a motorcycle parked on the side of the engine of a car © Hot Rod Network Staff

The engine is badged as a 375 hp 396 big-block, and under the car shows a 12-bolt rear. There's also a manual four-speed trans, but to be honest, it could be an aftermarket five- or six-speed. Under the car we can also spy rear drum brakes and a rear sway bar.

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a close up of a car © Hot Rod Network Staff

No clock, no AC, no radio, manual brakes, and rubber floors gives the Nova a real stripped-down, track-ready, look that we really like. Combine that with the stunning OE blue hue and red-line tires wrapped around dog-dish hub caps trimmed steelies, and to us this Nova is just about perfect. We were also impressed that the owner took the time to take such nice shots of his car, so if you know who owns it, have them drop us a note so we can find out more about his car and give them the credit they deserves!

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