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DEATH PROOF | 1969 Chevrolet Nova

DEATH PROOF | 1969 Chevrolet Nova

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Words & Photography Flash Blesst

'Grindhouse A term used to describe a movie that sacrifices the traditional film-making concepts in favour of sex, gore, nudity, violence and other shocking themes.'

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Death Proof’ is a rip-roaring slasher flick where the killer pursues his victims with a car rather than a knife, while Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Planet Terror’ shows us a view of the world in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The films are joined together by clever faux trailers that recall the '50s exploitation drive-in classics.

Kurt Russell stars in Death Proof as a completely deranged stunt man with a very special “death proof” stunt car. In the first part of the movie, ‘Stuntman Mike’, (Russell) stalks three women to a bar, but ends up offering to take a drunken lady, Pam, home. None of the four women would make it home thanks to his dark, demented mind and one beefed up Chevy Nova.

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The 1969 Nova that you see here arrived in Italy as a Death Proof replica. Matte black paint with white skull and bolts and the angry duck as a hood ornament were all features added. Very cool, but overall the car was in really bad shape.

"THIS NOVA IS A BADASS DRESSED IN A TAILORED SUIT."

Giovanni, the owner, decided to start the restoration from the heart of the Chevy, replacing the old and tired 307 with a 350 Small Block matched to a Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission with shortened final gear ratio). A Holley 750 CFM carburetor pumps air and gasoline inside the cylinders, pushing out 300 horsepower. Nothing out of this world, but quite funny when the red lights turn green.

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Gemelli Racing workshop did a perfect job with the mechanicals, but then it was time to refresh the looks of the Nova. Carrozzeria Trieste started with a complete sanding of the body, followed by a great amount of metal work and finally painted the body in Jaguar's Pearl Gray Metallic. Fender flares and all the (once) chromed parts are now flat black.

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15” American Racing wheels in gloss black finish are just blistering and the 255/60 rear tyres looks totally arrogant from behind. This is also due to the uplifted rear shocks, providing an even more aggressive stance. It may have lost a bit of the classical Death Proof rudeness, but this Nova is still a badass dressed in a tailored suit.

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