SEMA 2017: 1968 Chevy Nova AWD


The Chevrolet Nova was one of the most popular American muscle cars of the 1960s. Produced for 17 years, the Nova came in nearly every body style and had a huge list of engine choices. One thing is for sure: no Novas ever came with all-wheel drive from the factory. We caught up with Parke Bishop of Bishop Built Rides and he talked us through his 1968 Nova custom car with AWD drivetrain.

Congratulations to Bishop Built Rides on winning a Gran Turismo Award at SEMA 2017!

SEMA 2015: 1970 Nova – Rides by Kam

1970-nova-rides-kam-frontThe SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the world’s largest trade show for the automotive aftermarket industry. While the majority of vendors, exhibitors, and attendees are based in the United States, the enthusiasm for muscle cars and big horsepower is a truly global phenomenon.

Last year, we featured the KSV9000 Mustang from Australia. This year, I saw another Aussie builder, Rides by Kam. Based out of Varsity Lakes in Queensland, the guys at Rides by Kam have created this incredible 1970 Nova.

This car makes some serious power! This build begins with a 572 big block Chevy engine with Brodix aluminum heads. Then, throw on a pair of Procharger F2 cog-driven superchargers and you’ve got a beast of an engine that’s pushing out an incredible 1,200 horsepower.

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SEMA 2014: Steve Tornari’s 1967 Chevy Nova

1967-chevy-nova-meguiars-frontMeguiar’s is like the hotshot director of Hollywood in that they only invite A-list cars to their parties. This year was no exception, with Steve Tornari’s 1967 Chevrolet Nova taking center stage at the Meguiar’s booth.

This ’67 Nova was the GoodGuys Custom Street Machine of the Year for 2014, a Top 5 Finalist in the Barrett-Jackson Cup, and a Great 8 Finalist in the 2014 Detroit Autorama. Those are some extremely prestigious honors for a car!
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1967 Chevy Nova “9MIL” by Chris Holstrom Concepts

From the city of Puyallup, Washington comes this gorgeous 1967 Chevrolet Nova from Chris Halstrom Concepts. It was featured at the Dynomax booth at SEMA 2013.

The car is nicknamed “9MIL” and it’s easy to see why. The black and chrome look gives it a sinister appearance like a firearm, while an LS9 crate engine is chambered under the hood. Just like a handgun, this car packs a punch!

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1967 Chevy Nova by Greening Auto Company

This red-hot 1967 Chevrolet Nova caught my eye as I was walking past the Magnaflow booth at SEMA 2013. Built for Jimmy Shaw, this car was done by Greening Auto Company of Nashville, TN. Jimmy’s goal with this car was to have a show car that could also perform on the autocross course. I have to say – I think they nailed it!

With so much polished chrome, this is definitely a show car. But haul it out to the track and it can lay rubber with the best of ’em, thanks to the 376cid LSX V8 under the hood! The engine features a custom intake manifold and valve covers and is mated to a Tremec 6-speed manual.

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