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Chevy Nova a Classic Car That Still Goes

You’ve heard that urban legend that the Chevy Nova didn’t sell in Latin America because its name means “doesn’t go” (no va) in Spanish. Well, don’t you believe it! Not only has Snopes.com completely debunked that “no va” story, you can find Chevy Novas listed -- some for as much as $25,000! -- on classic car sites all around the Internet. That’s a pretty darn good price for a car that supposedly “doesn’t go.”

In truth, Chevy Nova has long appealed to drivers. The original Nova was produced in the United States from 1962 to 1979 by the Chevrolet division of General Motors and from 1985 to 1988 by NUMMI, a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. Originally the Nova was the top model in the compact range known as Chevy II, which was General Motors’ answer to its competition from the Ford Falcon beginning in 1960.

The original Chevy II pioneered features that seem commonplace today, such as unibody construction. The line sported two-door coupe, four-door sedan, convertible and station wagon configurations. Nova wasn’t originally offered with a V8 option, but its engine bay was proportioned well for for it, and V8s became dealed-installed options between the 1962 and 1963 model years. Ironically, the V8 upgrade, combined with Chevy Nova’s overall lighter weight, made it a popular choice with drag racers.

In 1967 Chevrolet added significant safey improvements to second-generation Novas as a result of government regulations. These included an  energy-absoring steering column and safety steering wheel, front shoulder belt anchors and soft interior parts such as armrests and sun visors. The 1969 Novas were the first to have front disc brakes as standard equipment.

Chevy Nova got even racier as it matured, making its first entry into Trans Am racing in 1970 (after all those late-night street drags, no doubt). In 1971, Chevy offered a “Rally Kit” option to style Novas with black and white racing stripes and a “Nova” sticker on the driver’s window.
After 1971, other divisions of General Motors began using the Nova as their entry-level vehicle, resulting in the Pontiac Ventura II, the Oldsmobile Omega and the Buick Apollo. Check it out: the first initials of all four models spell out the acronym NOVA (Nova, Omega, Ventura, Apollo).

By 1973, government-mandated safety changes began to appear, such as low-speed impact bumpers. Chevy also adopted steel-belted radials for this model year. A completely restyled Nova, sometimes referred to as the “Disco Nova,” was introduced in 1975 and continued through 1979 when the model was discontinued. A high-performance police version of the Nova was introduced in 1975 model year, making it the first U.S. compact car certified for police duty. Most were initially purchased by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1976.

When Chevy Nova nameplate returned in 1985 in the GM-Toyota joint venture, it wasn’t put on a classic Nova. The name was given to a car  based on the Toyota Sprinter, an upgraded model of the Corolla sold in Japan.

All in all, Chevy Nova had a pretty impressive run for a car that supposedly wouldn’t go.