Hope for a Family Heirloom: CARSTAR Stouffville restores 1996 Chevy Nova SS

Hamilton, Ontario — During the COVID-19 pandemic, many used their time as an opportunity to explore new skills and hobbies. However, Patrick Savella, GM of CARSTAR Stouffville and son of owner, Pat Savella, spent their time on developing their pre-existing skills and restoring a 1996 Chevy II Nova SS.

Patrick’s father, Pat, had owned the vehicle since he was 18 years old. Over the years, the car has witnessed many family moments such as grocery store runs, school drop-offs, visiting friends, and much more. However, due to Pat’s dedication to his family and their needs, the car had been sitting in their garage for 35 years and its condition had deteriorated.

When COVID emerged in early 2020, it brought an unexpected gift of time. In between managing business during the pandemic, Patrick and his father seized the opportunity to restore the treasured family vehicle. With unique features such as a five-speed TKX transmission, a chassisworks front clip, and more, the restoration process took two and a half years.

Patrick mentions that his father has been in the industry for over 45 years. “This is a huge accomplishment for myself, my dad and the entire team here at CARSTAR Stouffville. The countless hours and quality workmanship on the project was truly outstanding and we can’t thank everyone enough for the support!”

The 1966 Chevy II Nova SS before repairs.
The 1966 Chevy II Nova SS after repairs.

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