"Hey check out that Bel...what is that?" That pretty much sums up how we first met up with Jon and Carol Anderson and their eye-popping '63 Nova at the 2001 Car Craft Summer Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota. In typical gearhead fashion, we immediately assumed that the '63 belonged to Jon-but his better half got the last laugh.
Over the years, Carol had put up with Jon's car-guy shenanigans and watched him build everything from a '32 Ford to '55 and '56 Chevys. There was also the added wifely duty of attending a seemingly endless number of car shows. Here's the twist: After spending years in the company of ultra-clean beauties, the day finally came when Carol wanted a prize-winning cruiser of her very own. Jon, not being one to overlook an opportunity to build another car, happily obliged. As luck would have it, the search for Carol's project was short. Jon received a phone call from a friend who claimed to have just what they were looking for-the rolling shell of a '63 Nova. Jon jokingly offered $50 for it. "Multiply that by 10 and it's yours," replied his friend, and Jon realized that $500 for an intact first-gen Nova was a steal, especially in a state lined with salty roads.
Four years later, with the help of their son Sean and friend Bob Denneson, the Andersons completed a lookie-loo magnet with a unique two-tone Bel Air paint scheme. It just goes to show that having a gearhead in the family has its advantages.