The concept of a sleeper is simple. Start with a basic family sedan/wagon but add a 400 horsepower Chevy V8 and keep it stock looking. No dubs stanced to the fenders please, just simple steel wheels that can be easily turned into burning rubber with the loud pedal.
The Chevy II was introduced in 1962 as GM's competitor to the compact Ford Falcon and eventually assumed the name Nova in 1969. The II/Nova was never designed to be a revolutionary car like the rear air-cooled engined Corvair and instead was a bare bones 18 month concept-to-showroom front engine rear drive compact that appealed more to mainstream conservative buyers in the mid 60s. Today, the first generation Nova is reasonably affordable and high production numbers mean you can find one in various condition for every budget...like a crazy tire shredding wagon for about $10k. Find this 1965 Chevy Nova Wagon offered for $10,499 buy-it-now on ebay, located in Dana Point, CA with one day to go.