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Six Interesting Facts about the Chevrolet Nova

  • The Chevrolet II/Nova is one of the fastest new-car development programs in General Motor’s history. After just 18 months since the designers got the go signal, the Nova rolled off GM’s Willow Run, Michigan assembly line. The designer admitted that they worked day and night on the Nova, making the August 1961 release possible, just in time for its September 29 launching.
  • The Nova is among the few vehicles that aren’t revolutionary either in concept or in execution. The vehicle’s mission was to simply provide Chevy buyers with a simple, back-to-the-basic concept car. During its press release, Chevy’s General Manager, Ed Cole, stated that it is a car that’s designed to give “maximum functionalism with thrift.”
  • The Chevrolet Nova SS was among the smallest muscle cars released by Detroit. It is a performance package offered for 1968 model year, including 295hp V8 engine matched with a heavy-duty suspension plus performance hardware. There were a total of 17,564 SS coupes produced for the 1968 model year alone. The SS badge lasted until 1972.
  • An urban legend has it that the Nova had poor sales in Spanish-speaking countries due to its name. The spaced no va translate to “it doesn’t go.” This has long been debunked. The Chevrolet Nova enjoyed great sales in Latin America, particularly in Venezuela where it even exceeded sales projections.
  • The Nova was actually a rebadged 1968 Chevy II. It enjoyed a good 16-year run in the industry—starting off as an economical small car launched in 1962 to the final-production Nova, which rolled the production line in 1978. It comes in five generations—the first one being released in 1962 up to 1965 and the second gen from 1966 to 1967. The third-generation Novas were introduced in 1968 and lasted until 1974, while the fourth gen were made up of models released from 1975 to 1979 model years. After a short hiatus, Nova’s fifth generation was released for 1985 model year and lasted until 1988.
  • A Luxury Nova LN package was introduced on its third generation, marking Nova’s entry into the luxury segment of the compact market. The Nova LN, with its wide-back reclining front seats that seem like huge, soft lounge chairs, was said to be “the most luxurious compact in Chevy’s history.”

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  • Common Problems You are Likely to Experience with Your Chevrolet Nova 9 September 2015

    The Chevrolet II later rebadged as the Nova, was a basic-type car produced in five generations. Unlike other vehicles, its 16-year run in the industry wasn’t bombarded by controversies. In fact, it was among the Chevrolet vehicles with very few recalls since 1969. But, that doesn’t mean that you won’t encounter problems with this car. Here are some of the common problems reported by Chevrolet Nova owners and some recalls issued by Chevy:

    Engine and engine cooling

    Chevrolet issued a recall for the 1969 Nova due to the possibility that a separated motor mount may let the engine lift, therefore affecting throttle linkage, temporarily increasing throttle, possibly to full throttle. Drivers may experience unexpected loss of throttle control, which may lead to loss of vehicle control. To remedy the problem, dealers will inspect the engine mounts of affected vehicles and put in restraints to limit engine lift. By doing so, secondary effects to the throttle linkage caused by separation of mount will also be avoided. There are also complaints about the Nova running hot.


    In 1979, General Motors issued a recall for more than 15,000 units of 1977 Chevy Novas due to a problem with the center section of the wheels. According to the recall, the spider or center section of the wheels installed in the said vehicles may have been made using incorrect grade of steel. Because of this, the center section may experience fatigue and detach from the wheel rim. The dealers were instructed to inspect and replace the defective wheels with units manufactured from the right grade of steel. This remedy will be done, free of charge.


    Those who own 1977 Chevy Nova may also encounter issues with the rear suspension. The rear axle shafts of such vehicles may have metal flaw that can result to shaft breakage. When this happens, the tire-and-wheel assembly may detach from the vehicle. If this occurs while the Chevy is in motion, it can lead to loss of vehicle control, and worse, an accident. To solve the problem, dealers are asked to inspect the affected units and, if there’s a need to, install new rear axle shafts.