Mystery Engine: 1976 Sterling Nova

If you saw this car on the street, you wouldn’t immediately think it was built in someone’s basement. Well…you guys might assume that is the case because y’all are familiar with kit cars, but the average Joe on the street will assume this is a rare Lamborghini concept car or a Pontiac prototype from the 60s and there is nothing wrong with that. Pop the hood and nobody will have any idea what engine is sitting back there…and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure either. Find this 1976 Sterling Nova offered for $10,000 in Edgewood, NM via craigslist. Tip from Johnny Bouncewell.

From the seller:

1976 Sterling
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 21600
paint color: red
title status: clean
transmission: manual


1976 Sterling Nova kit professionally built by California Component Cars #439, for George Evans of American Handcrafted Automobiles. Redone in late 80s for George as a show car. Featured in April 1990 Kit Car magazine as Stunning Sterling, detailing entire build and paint. Lots of chrome on engine with two side draft Delortos. Power top with beautiful interior. Parked in storage in 1997 due to carb fuel leak dripping onto exhaust header. Carbs have had kits put in them and heat and drip shield installed. It is now running and driving but has a rear engine oil leak, probably rear engine main seal, and brakes lock up. Bring a trailer. Great car for repair or repower with a newer injected engine or electric power. No tire kickers please. Clean New Mexico title. Asking $10000 OBO.

See a better way to drive something wild? tips@dailyturismo.com