Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
My first car back in 1999 was a Vauxhall Nova, and the dinky, box-arched hatchback will always have a special place in my affections. And this is exactly the sort of spec I yearned for as I trundled about in my asthmatic 1.0-litre - externally it appears to be a tastefully upgraded 1.3 SR, and yet under the bonnet lurks a C20LET - a 2.0-litre 16v turbo unit that produces over 200bhp even in stock form. Must be oodles of fun in a car that weighs about 850kg...
As you can see, the SR's also been stripped out and treated to a pair of bucket seats and a rollcage, and there are some sodding great brakes up front. All in all, the sort of package that really tickles my inner teenager. It's also gratifying to find that modified Novas are being accepted by the classic car community at large these days, rather than being sidelined as chavmobiles - there must be a lot of people in their thirties and forties who have many happy memories tied up in Novas, it's pleasing that enthusiasts are saving them.
Spotted at the NEC Classic Motor Show - click here for more photos.