Nova Kit Car Review from Philippines

1986 Nova Kit Car 4.0 EFI

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.0 EFI Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 kilometres
Most recent distance46000 kilometres
Previous carToyota TownAce

Summary:

Awesome car

Faults:

I bought the car in the U.K. before shipping it to the Philippines in February 2009 after it had undergone a full ground up rebuild. The car is now as new and I have had no faults with it.

General Comments:

This Nova is built on a one of tubular steel chassis with mid engine layout.

Being fitted with a mid mounted TVR 4.0 Liter V8 engine mounted on a Porsche gearbox, the car is extremely fast, but being used on Filipino roads, it can't be used to its full potential.

The 'cockpit' is deep pile carpeted and trimmed in leather with electric Recaro seats.

Dashboard instrumentation is all digital with TV / DVD monitor with reversing camera.

The unique canopy roof is remote controlled or switch operated.

Door mirrors are genuine Ferrari Testarossa, and replica Lamborghini Countach wings are fitted front and rear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2009

13th Jul 2010, 15:01

Update...

My Nova has recently been fitted with the new Targa style canopy roof, and has had air con fitted which is a must in the Philippines.

Other mods that have been done are side skirts to hide the lowered floor pans and Ferrari Testa Rossa style air intake ducts to each side of the car. The headlights are now 'auto on' when it becomes dark and the side lights are now wired to be used as day running lights.

The car is very rare in the Philippines and draws huge crowds whenever it is parked. I know of only one other 'Nova' in the Philippines, a U.S. made Stirling, and I have seen a blue Cimbria (Nova derivative with gull wing doors). However I have seen a advert for a company in the Philippines who will build a Nova to order, so it is possible that there may be a few cruising the streets of the Philippines very soon. Next mod is to convert the car to run on LPG.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review