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Ride Guides: A Quick Guide to Identifying 1962-74 Chevy Novas

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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  1. Erika A Patterson says:

    Can I buy a poster of this?

  2. My late partner (may he RIP ’64-’06) brought to my attention a ’62 ChevyII he was interested in purchasing. This was mid 1990’s, it had been ordered with all options inside & out (the SS package per say) but the pink slip had ChevyII on it!!!
    Moral of the story: back in the day if you checked ALL of the option boxes upon ordering a car you got a top of the line model for close to the price of a bare bones model, reason being the insurance agent couldn’t rake you over the coals on the premiums.

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