One Owner Nova

To Be Sold at Mecum in Indianapolis

Larry Jewett - April 25, 2014 06:20 PM


After nearly 50 years, the owner is parting with his 1966 Nova


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      For 16-year-old Roger Burleson, graduating from high school was a ticket to muscle car Nirvana. His father Bill had promised young Roger the same graduation gift he had conferred on his two older brothers before him – a new car of his choice.
      Roger ordered the car exactly as he wanted it: Black on Black and with the same L79 327/350 HP V-8 offered in the Corvette. It had a Muncie 4-speed, 3.73:1 Positraction rear end, an AM radio, seat belts and dual outside mirrors.
      Roger used the Nova sparingly while working hard on his education, never once thinking of parting with it. Now, after 48 years, it has travelled just 52,000 miles, remaining almost entirely just as it was when Roger and his father first drove it home. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he never drag raced the car (“a few street races, but not many”) and has never taken it to a cruise-in or any kind of show, for that matter; just privately enjoyed it whenever time allowed.
      When he left for college Roger had to surrender the original title made out to his father, and he did not save the window sticker, but he still has his own first title, the transfer papers from his father, the all-important Protect-O-Plate, brochures and dealer paperwork and several photographs from throughout the years, including one with his father taken the day they brought the car home. He has also kept any parts or components replaced in keeping it maintained, including the original alternator and ultra-rare Holley four-barrel, all of which will be included with this remarkably original and fully documented L79 Nova Super Sport.
      The car will be offered as Lot S147 at Dana Mecum’s 27th Original Spring Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, May 13-18. Details can be found at