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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.”