The iconic Chevrolet model we’re umbrella-labeling as the Nova was technically the Chevy II for its first seven years, with the Nova name included only on the vehicle line’s top trim package from 1962 to 1968.

The unambiguously named Chevy Nova showed up to rock faces in 1969 with the Nova SS, and rock faces it did with its 5.7L, 350 V8 with four-barrel carburetor and standard front disc brakes (the first Chevy Nova to do so).

We stopped the Nova Ride Guide with model year 1974 as enthusiast interest in the model waned with the introduction of the fourth generation, and later, the fifth generation which made many grown men cry. Sorry, Random Guy Who Loves ’85 Novas.

You may want to check out our other Ride Guides because they’re awesome, running the gamut from Fox-Body Mustangs and Pontiac GTOs to Chevelles, Chargers, Jeeps, and classic pickups.

But before you do, get to know the Chevy II/Nova here.

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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.