Is This The World's Most Insane Sleeper?

You've seen sleepers before. Cars that look like something grandma might drive, but perform like something Grandma "Grumpy" Jenkins might drive. This 1972 Nova looks like a 40-something economy coupe, and a crap one at that. But look closer. In particular, under the hood. » 5/11/12 3:00pm 5/11/12 3:00pm

See all the action from Drag Week 2011

Drag Week is an event put on by Hot Rod Magazine that takes unbelievably fast drag cars on a 1,000 mile road trip to five drag strips. The result is an event that must be seen to be believed. » 10/22/11 2:00pm 10/22/11 2:00pm

1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

Welcome to Down On The Mile High Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. You want to know what really killed the Corvair? This car! » 7/31/10 9:00am 7/31/10 9:00am

No Go! ¡No Va!

When 95% of your typical East Bay junkyard's customers speak enough Spanish to know that "no va" means "it doesn't go," your typical stripped-nearly-clean early-70s Nova 4-door is going to get some witty comments inscribed in the Malaise-y gold paint. » 4/04/10 3:00pm 4/04/10 3:00pm

Malaise Nova Hangs It Up After 34 Years

As a former '76 Nova owner, I've got a bit of a soft spot for these cars. They were primitive and somewhat shoddy, but they got the job done. Here's one at the end of a long, rough road. » 2/27/10 11:00am 2/27/10 11:00am

Relive The Joys Of '76 Chevy Nova Beater Ownership, 1991 Reno Parking…

Since I've already plugged all this crappy analog video hardware into my computer in order to digitize the glory of a '79 Ford Granada, we might as well continue to unearth car-related tidbits from the Murilee Martin Videotape Archives. » 12/06/09 3:00pm 12/06/09 3:00pm

1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Station Wagon

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Is a primered drag-race Nova less offensive than a donked one? » 8/23/09 9:00am 8/23/09 9:00am

Nine Great Bare-Necessity-Mobiles

Yesterday, GM announced a return to basics. That's good because sometimes, mobility alone is all we can afford. Few bare-bones cars had something making them more than basic transportation. Some, starting with the Model T, did. Here's our favorites. » 8/12/09 1:00pm 8/12/09 1:00pm

1965 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. This is only our second donk, after this '76 Regal. » 8/08/09 9:00am 8/08/09 9:00am

American Cars: Photographs By Kevin Gray

Today we're showing the work of a Los Angeles-based pro photographer who heads down on the street to find his subjects: battle-scarred American cars in their natural habitat! » 7/05/09 12:00pm 7/05/09 12:00pm

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday, Rocky Mountain Edition: Golden Hits


This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. I've got Colorado photographs aplenty, so get ready for high-altitude survivors! » 4/19/09 9:00am 4/19/09 9:00am

1962 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Our last Alameda Nova was 6 months ago.
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Troy Trepanier's "Notorious" Will Steal Your Girlfriend

Troy Trepanier took a Chevy Nova, added a 572 cubic inch V8, a Procharger supercharger, blacked out everything and called it Notorious. This car will happily beat you up and take your lunch money. » 3/10/09 7:30am 3/10/09 7:30am

1968 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Considering the vast numbers of third-gen (1968-74) Chevy Novas built back in the day, it's astonishing how few- street-driven or even trailer-queened- survive today. In this… » 12/18/08 9:00am 12/18/08 9:00am

1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Station Wagon

Welcome to Down On The Street » 11/20/08 9:00am 11/20/08 9:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Hooray for old Detroit station wagons! You don't see many small Detroit wagons these days, since the Vista Cruisers and Country Squires sold in such greater numbers back in the…

'63 Pontiac Bonneville And '74 Chevrolet Nova Down On The Olympia Street

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 9/15/08 2:00pm 9/15/08 2:00pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . Today we're going to show that old GM cars don't dissolve into reddish stains on the pavement, even in a damp climate like the Pacific Northwest. has photographed this pair of very…

1974 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to Down On The Street » 9/12/08 9:00am 9/12/08 9:00am, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today's car is a model that you'd expect to find on the island in large numbers, given the sheer quantities sold, but that's not the case. In fact, this is only the fifth Chevy…

Nova Kit Car Builder Admits To Decades Of Crazy Customization

The story of Steve McHugh, the man behind the radical Nova kit car we initially posted on a lark (and because we're automotive sadists) just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. Steve recently emailed us to let us in on a little secret — he's been building crazy-ass cars for nigh on twenty-eight years now. Since… » 8/11/08 4:45pm 8/11/08 4:45pm

The Shocking Nova Kit Car: A Ten-Year Journey Of Fiberglass And Bondo

When we first brought you images of a heavily modified Nova kit car, we knew nothing about it other than its shocking appearance and innovative styling direction. We'd literally never seen anything like it before. Some opined on its terribleness while others thought it wonderful — we'll say it's at least interesting… » 8/07/08 2:40pm 8/07/08 2:40pm