1965 Chevrolet Nova SS “Dobbertin”

Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

When the Dobbertin Nova was unveiled in 1982, it turned the custom car world on its ear. It has appeared on the cover of 14 magazines and has been featured in over 100 publications around the world. It is, without question, one of the most significant and important custom cars ever built, and to this day remains a benchmark for innovation and excellence among hot rod enthusiasts.

Rick Dobbertin devoted more than 3,000 hours over the course of three years to create this legendary performance vehicle. He started with a ‘65 Chevrolet II, then transformed it with twin Roto-Master turbochargers, a BDS 6-71 supercharger, an eight-port nitrous oxide system, a 454-ci LS7 V8, Holley 750, cfm carbs, twin radiators, B&M Comp Turbo 400, Dana 60 rear end, JFZ rear brakes, full roll cage and Deist Flame Out fire-suppression system.

The driver is kept advised by 17 Auto Meter gauges and two Auto Meter Pro-lites. Polished Center Line “Auto Drag” wheels have the requisite big and little tires that are the hallmark of any Pro-Street custom. And in case the JZF disc brakes with drilled rotors failed to provide sufficient stopping power, Dobbertin mounted twin parachutes out back.

The Nova is in exceptional condition. With the exception of the front wheels, the car is still 100% original to the day it was built.