Custom Cruise Friday
Is there really anything more aggravating than doing the right thing, and flat out know the right thing is being done, only to have it go sideways in spectacular fashion? That’s what happened to Dan Suprovich when he purchased his 1977 Chevy Nova coupe from Don Wheaton Chevrolet Oldsmobile. This is one of those tales that doesn’t quite fall under an automotive version of ‘The grass is always greener…’ But it’s close. Suprovich had originally picked out a higher-end, performance version of that year’s Chevy Nova, but his son, Glen, talked him out of the initial choice.
“I said, ‘Dad, you’re going to look like an idiot. That’s a kid’s car,'” Glen said. “‘I’ll help you find a nice two-door, but not a hot rod.'”
Dan was probably excited about the extra performance available in his first pick. He drove exclusively pickup trucks for a long time because of his work and hadn’t owned a car since he purchased an original Ford Model A as a teenager.
Doing the right thing
In Glen’s quest to find his father a more suitable car, he went to Don Wheaton Chevrolet Oldsmobile and worked out a deal for the 1977 Chevy Nova that is this week’s featured vehicle. Nobody likes to live with regrets and Glen certainly has more than a few surrounding this particular situation.
“You figure you’re doing the right thing,” Glen said. “Then you screw up and could have had an RS (or) SS model in the garage with no miles on it.”
The Chevy Nova has developed a very loyal following over the years and having one with a RS appearance package or SS performance package would have made the car much more valuable today.
As it sits today
Right now the 1977 Chevy Nova purchased by Dan Suprovich stay’s with his wife. Since Dan’s passing in 2002, the car hasn’t left the garage much and Mrs. Suprovich doesn’t want to sell it because it’s still her first new car. As Glen alluded to earlier, the 1977 Nova has just under 30,000 miles on the odometer.
“Dad loved this car,” Glen said. “He enjoyed the car, but didn’t put very many miles on it.”
Under the hood is a 305 cubic-inch V-8 with two-barrel carburetor which is mated to an automatic transmission. The Nova hasn’t been driven much in the last 10 years and would require a little TLC to get back into running condition. Glen echoes his mother’s sentiment for the car. It’s pretty clear he’s already putting together a list of parts he’ll need if he undertakes the restoration.
“Will I sell it when Mom (passes away),” Glen said. “I don’t know. I think I’ll keep it. It’s a nice little car.”
If you have a classic car or project vehicle in your garage and would like to see it profiled in a Custom Cruise Friday post, contact Don Wheaton Brand Manager Melina Kawecki by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a few photos and basic vehicle information.