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Our 383’s Power Classic Novas

Our 383’s Power Classic Novas

Produced in five generations by Chevrolet, the Nova is one of the most recognized  Chevy models in the world.

The Nova was the top model in the Chevy II lineup through 1968. The Chevy II nameplate was then dropped, making Nova the nameplate for the 1969 through 1979 models. Built on the X-body platform, the Nova was replaced by the 1980 Chevrolet Citation introduced in the spring of 1979.

Chevrolet designer Clare MacKichan recalled about creating the Chevy II: "There was no time for experimentation or doodling around with new ideas from either the engineers or from us in design; And it had to be a basic-type car."

The 1962 Chevy II rode a 110-inch wheelbase, compared to 109.5 for the Ford Falcon, at which Chevy's new compact was aimed.

"I think that was the quickest program we ever did at any time," MacKichan continued. "We worked night and day on that car, and it didn't take very long to run it through our shop because we had a deadline."

That’s what made the Chevy II one of the fastest new-car development programs in General Motors history. Only 18 months after the designers got the green light, the first production Chevy II rolled off the Willow Run, Michigan, assembly line in August 1961, in time for its introduction on September 29 that same year.

Unlike the Corvair, the 1962 Chevy II was deliberately never intended to be revolutionary in concept or execution; its mission was to give Chevrolet buyers a simple, “back-to-the-basics” compact car.

Because of its compact design, it’s become a popular car for collectors.

In fact, we were sent this photo of a classic, candy-apple-red Nova powered by one of our 383’s!


This is a great looking ride with and even more powerful engine.

BluePrint Engines has the industry's best-in-class warranty for 30 months or 50,000 miles and applies to individual or professional installations so you can get to hustling around cones with confidence and peace of mind.

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The Camaro: An American Classic

The Camaro: An American Classic

The Chevrolet Camaro is a classic American automobile.

The Camaro was first shown at a press preview in Detroit, Michigan, on September 12, 1966, and later in Los Angeles, California, on September 19, 1966. The public introduction of the new model was on September 26, 1966. It officially went on sale in dealerships on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year.

The classic car was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang and shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, which was also introduced in 1967.

Four distinct generations of the Camaro were developed before production ended in 2002. The fifth and sixth generation Camaros received a complete redesign and new platform.

First generation: 1967 - 1969

Second generation: 1970 - 1981

Third generation: 1982 - 1992

Fourth generation: 1993 - 2002

Fifth generation: 2010 - 2015

Sixth generation: 2016 - Present

In the 2007 film, “Transformers” and all of its sequels, the character Bumblebee is first depicted as a 1976 Camaro., Later, it’s shown as a fifth-generation concept variant.


We were recently sent this photo of this clean, classic Camaro that is run with one of our roller cam 383's! Our 383CI Stroker crate engine is hand-picked and dyno-tested for maximum performance.

Whether you’re looking for an engine for a  classic muscle car like the original Camaro, or any ride for that matter, know that the satisfaction of our customers is our highest priority at BluePrint Engines – we use quality components and offer the industry’s best-in-class warranty.

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BluePrint Chevy 400 SBC Installed in Italy

BluePrint Chevy 400 SBC Installed in Italy

With beautiful landscapes, delicious kinds of pasta, and even better wine, Italy is a country known for its slow paces and even faster cars.

From Fiat to Maserati, Lamborghini and Ferrari, there is no shortage of Italian-made stallions on and off the race tracks.

That’s why we were tickled at BluePrint Engines to receive a customer submission all the from Bel Paese, or “the beautiful country.”

1950 Chevy Truck Italy


This 1950 Chevy truck is simply stunning. Featuring one of our BluePrint 400 SBC crate engines, it has a deep cherry red finish (or maybe a deep purple depending on the light) that must be the envy of its Italian neighborhood.

We love seeing customer photos and hope that more of our crate engines make their way not only across the United States but around the world too.

Whether you’re adding a new crate engine into a hot rod, or a classic like this 1950 Chevy, keep in mind that BluePrint Engines offers the industry's best-in-class warranty.

If only we could take a company trip to Italy to test drive that Chevy...

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