Larry Hoskins was the GM rep in San Diego, CA in 1968. His brother John asked him to place a factory orderfor an SS396 Nova through the Central Order Production Office (COPO) so that he could drag race it locally. This was one of the first pics of the Nova taken in Feb, 1969. On February, 28, 1969 John took delivery of his 1969 Nova SS396/375HP L78, M22 "Rock-Crusher" 4-speed, 3:55 12-bolt,from LA JOLLA Motors in La Jolla, CA.The Nova features an original La Jolla Motors License frame. This was not a stripped big-block "sleeper". It had all the deluxe options available: Cortez Silver, both exterior trim packages, deluxe interior with black bucket seats, console w/gauges, L78 dash tach, all tinted, windows, console gauges, dash tach and rally wheels with redline wide ovals. He decided against the FM radio...in 1969 all the cool stations were only on AM. Here are pics of John Hoskins himself with the Nova, the 427 he installed and comin' off the line at the Carlsbad Dragstrip. (Ya just can't buy this stuff! :>) John swapped out the L78 for a 427 engine and drag raced the Nova on local dragstrips but only for about one year. But he wasn't able to really compete with the Mopar ramchargers. Here's the protecto-plate, build sheet and recent letter from the original owner. He now runs the service dept. at a local Chevy dealership. The car was stored and "non-op" for several years which is why it has remained in such original condition. I got lucky when I found the Nova in 2003. I was able to locate the original owner through the protecto-plate info and he was very helpful in supplying pics of the car when it was brand new and several others as well. Here's a few recent pics of the Nova sporting a set of restored original 1960's American Racing Torq Thrust rims.