Chevrolet Nova 4-3

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Description: After the rear-engine Chevrolet Corvair was handily outsold by the conventional Ford Falcon in 1960, Chevrolet began work on a more conventional compact car that would eventually become the Chevy

After the rear-engine Chevrolet Corvair was handily outsold by the conventional Ford Falcon in 1960, Chevrolet began work on a more conventional compact car that would eventually become the Chevy II. The original Chevy II was of unibody construction and was available in two-door coupe and four-door sedan configurations as well as convertible and station wagon versions. Trim levels in 1962 were the 100 Series, 300 Series and Nova 400 Series. [ 1 ]

Available engines for the Chevy II included a 153 cu in (2.5 l) four-cylinder and 194 cu in (3.2 l) and 230 cu in (3.8 l) inline sixes. The six-cylinder was actually the third generation engine, replacing the second generation stovebolt. Rival manufacturer Chrysler had earlier developed the Slant Six in their Plymouth Valiant. a Chevy II competitor, when the cars were introduced to the public in late 1959 as 1960 models.

Although the Nova was not originally available with a V8 option, the engine bay was perfectly proportioned for one. It wasn't long before Chevrolet V8s were offered as dealer-installed options (between 1962 and 1963), up to and including the fuel injected version available in the Corvette. The combination of readily available V8 power and light weight made the Nova a popular choice of drag racers .

In 1962 and 1963 the Nova was available in a convertible body style, and a two-door hardtop was available from 1962 to 1965, although the hardtop was dropped when the 1964 models were first introduced, and subsequently brought back to the line later in the model year. Like all Chevy two door hardtops, the body style was marketed as the Sport Coupe.

For 1963, the Chevy II Nova Super Sport was released, under RPO Z03. [ 2 ] It featured special emblems, instrument package, wheel covers, side moldings, bucket seats, and floor shifter, and was available only on the 400 series sport coupe and convertible. [ 3 ] Cost of the package was US$161.40. [ 4 ] As mentioned above, Novas could not officially have V8 engines at this time — the standard SS engine was the six-cylinder — but small-block V8 engine swaps were commonplace among enthusiasts. For 1964, sales were hit hard by the introduction of the new Chevelle. [ 5 ] and the Chevy II received its first factory V8 option, a 195 hp (145 kW) 283 cu in (4.6 l), as well as a 230 cu in (3.8 l) straight six. [ 6 ] In 1965, a 327 cu in (5.4 l) V8 was also available with up to 300 hp (220 kW).

1966 Novas saw a significant restyling, based in part on the Super Nova concept car. In general, proportions were squared up but dimensions and features changed little. Engine options still included the basic inline four and six-cylinder engines and V8s of 283 cu in (4.64 L) and 327 cu in (5.36 L) (the latter offering now offering up to 350 hp (260 kW).

Although Chevy IIs had the same body for both these years, 1967 models carried significant improvements in the area of safety equipment. A government-mandated energy-absorbing steering column and safety steering wheel, soft interior parts such as armrests and sun visors, recessed instrument panel knobs, and front shoulder belt anchors, were included in all 1967 models.

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