Video: '66 Nova with a 1,000hp Supercharged LS3


Classic looks, modern handling, and a whole lot of horsepower — that's a wonderful combination. Pro-touring builds like this '66 Nova preserve the timeless style of a classic car while adding track-ready handling, braking, and acceleration. Tony, the owner and builder of this car, originally built his Nova with a 430hp V8, but learned that he still wanted more power. So, he swapped in an LS3 engine with a TVS 2650 supercharger that produces approximately 1,000 horsepower.

Tony's '66 Nova Pro-Touring Build


In an interview with AutotopiaLA, Tony explained that he has owned this Nova for 17 years and done almost all of the work himself. It sits on a TCI front clip and four-link rear with Ridetech ShockWave adjustable air suspension. "It rides like a coilover, but you have that adjustability."


A set of custom Schott two-piece wheels frame drilled and slotted Wilwood big brakes at all four corners. Tony opted for a manual brake setup without hydroboost due to the improved pedal feel and precision while driving aggressively.


The engine is a LS3 on stock internals with a stage three cam, supercharger, headers, and an E85 ethanol tune. It's paired with a Tremec five-speed manual transmission that's cleverly disguised beneath the stock center console and shift boot.


The interior features original-style black upholstery, new carpet, Dakota Digital RTX gauges, and an upgraded stereo with Bluetooth. The car previously had a gold interior, so this was a complete conversion.


As for the exterior, Tony chose to paint the body panels in an original GM color that's correct to this car's time period: Willow Green. All the original trim and emblems have been restored as well.

This Nova turned out awesome, with a nice balance between modern muscle car performance and classic curb appeal. To see and hear it in action, check out the video below from AutotopiaLA:

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