Under the Radar: 1972 Chevy Nova 496 Big Block Sleeper

Clean Plain Jane look and potent big block under the hood, this 1972 Chevy Nova is the definition of a sleeper muscle car. Not a big budget show car, but a fun toy to beat around town on the weekends. Let's dive into the build and then go for a quick test drive.


1972 chevy nova big block sleeper

Born with a six-cylinder engine, this 1972 Chevy Nova was with a very well preserved originality and around 50,000 miles on the clock when the previous owner started the transformation. The build took 4 years, and after the guy went through 3 sets of tires, he decided to move on to another project. This sleeper was sold at Bring a Trailer for $32,500.


The '72 Chevy Nova Build

The body and paint are not perfect, but the Bowtie still rocks all its original sheet metal. The 15-inch steelies contribute to the sleeper appearance, but when you hear the 496 Big Block it feels like a Gateway car. Again, this 1972 Chevy Nova was not built to win awards at car shows, but to blow doors off, and look cool while doing it.

1972 chevy nova sleeper build


The non-flashy appearance continues on the inside with a green factory style bench seat interior. But if you look closely the B&M shifter will tell you, this 1972 Chevy Nova means business. When you go behind the car, a Calvert Racing traction bars and dual exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers give you another hint that this thing is a sleeper.

1972 chevy nova big block sleeper

The heart of the '72 Nova is a 454 Big Block Chevy dressed with aluminum heads and punched to 496 cubes. The go fast goodies include SCAT crankshaft, Wiseco pistons, COMP Cams cam, roller rockers and Holley 4-barrel carb resulting in over 500hp. The power is controlled by a built 700R4 tranny and Moser 9-inch rear end.

496 big block 1972 chevy nova

Now that you know more about what's involved in the build, it is time to see the 496 Big Block Chevy Nova flexing muscle. Jonathan from Bullet Motorsports did a quick test drive video for the BAT auction. Turn up the volume, hit the play button and enjoy the ride!

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