There’s nothing like coming across a car from the ’50s or ’60s to evoke nostalgia and stoke the fires of youth. It doesn’t matter if your dream car was a Mustang, a Camaro, a ‘Vette, or a GTO; it’s what it did to your soul that made it special. Maybe you had one back in the day and took it on your first date. Or maybe you just have always dreamed of having one. No matter; when you come across one now, you know you just have to have it. It doesn’t even matter if it’s in pristine condition or if it’s a rust bucket — you’ve got to have it. On the outside chance that you don’t have a favorite, here are 25 of the best classic cars to inspire your wrenching dreams.
1968-1974 Chevrolet Nova
The Nova was a huge success for Chevrolet when it underwent cosmetic surgery in 1968. A compact car, it was nonetheless good-looking, trim, and affordable. Optional on the SS (Super Sports) trim was a big block 396-cubic-inch V8 that delivered a nice 375 horsepower. That made up for its lack of sex appeal compared to the Chevelle or Camaro. This third-generation version of the Nova was available with 15 different powertrain options for the coupe and a dozen for the sedan, based on sales brochures. They were also available with power steering and power breaks, air conditioning, head restraints, and rear shoulder belts.
Not as prestigious as the Bel Air, Impala, or muscle cars, the less-pricey Chevy Nova is a great choice for the backyard restorer or anyone who wants a good solid classic to drive. Parts are pretty easy to come by, as well, making this an even better choice.