Recently we had some internal discussions here at the Hoon about how we don’t do enough cool cars from CraigsList and how we do too much about new cars, and how we are forgetting why Hooniverse started. Very well, off to the list that Craig created I went and I found this beauty, which is perfect Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday material, just like in the old days… like a year ago.
And ain’t she a beauty? The owner says that this… [goes to look at the ad again]… ’63 Chevy Nova Wagon is an all-original. All original except for the paint and wheels perhaps. And tinted windows. No rust, the owner says, which is rare for this part of the world, and with only 70,000 miles on it. It has a 6-cylinder engine, which I do not know much about. It probably has a transmission too, I’m guessing a three-on-a-tree, which is connected to the drive-shaft, which is connected to the differential. That differential is probably of the “open” variety with highway gearing.
The asking price is $10,500 which is about what a good condition Outback or a late model square-ish Volvo goes for these days. I do not know if that’s a good or a bad deal for this Nova Wagon, I’ll let you Hoons give it the NP or CP vote.
Here is the thing; I like these cars, I appreciate these cars, but I don’t know anything about these cars. Much like Harleys, I don’t have much interest in cars like this wagon which is why I don’t write about them often. With that said, I always want remain faithful to the Hoon roots and will do my best to sneak a few posts such as this in, even if I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
Personally, If I had $10,500 to spend on a wagon I would buy a Legacy turbo and tinker with that. This Nova, to me, would be great for a V8 swap and a weekend trip to the drag strip where it would likely embarrass many so-called modern sports cars costing much more than this. I don’t know if I’d like it as a daily-driver and I don’t think most people would either, at least not in a place that has true four-season weather.
In the end, it is just a matter of choice and preference, which is directly related to what each one of us here at Hooniverse writes about. Some of us like only old cars, some don’t care for anything made before 1987, some love the latest and greatest. Similarly, some of us love to research obscure vehicles and others write only about what they have seen. I hope that in this mix of things you Hoons find something that interests you too.
And those wanting more Craigslist and eBay type stuff, check out the Hooniverse forums and share your own finds.