The Chevy II was borne out of the disastrous experiment known as the Chevy Corvair. In troduced in model year 1960, the Corvair was Chevrolet’s first stab an economy, compact car. The design was startlingly innovative, built with the engine at the rear, but consumers found it too strange and didn’t take to it. While the brand eventually found some success as a high-powered sporty Corvair Monza, offered as a convertible starting in 1962, the model was officially cursed when consumer advocate Ralph Nader condemned it in his 1965 book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” for a problem in the Corvair suspension that had been fixed by model year 1964.

The engineers who went back to the drawing board in search of the Corvair's successor decided to go the same route as Ford and Chrysler by releasing a more conventional compact car (basically, a scaled-down full-size car), which was dubbed the Chevy II. Released in model year 1962, these affordable and attractive cars came in sedan, hard-top, and convertible styles and with four- or six-cylinder engines. The speedier sports versions were tagged Nova, and by 1963, they were available with Chevy’s coveted SS (Super Sport) engine package.

In 1968, the Chevy II was abolished in favor the Chevrolet Nova name, and the line got the curvaceous “Coke bottle” styling treatment from GM design chief Bill Mitchell. When the Corvair was dropped in 1969, the Nova became the smallest car in the Chevy line—a title it held for one year before the Chevy Vega was introduced in 1970. The 1969 Nova could be ordered with a 375 bhp, 396 cid V-8 engine that turned it into a super-charged “muscle car”—those Novas are especially coveted by car lovers today.

One urban legend asserts that the Chevy Nova, offered in the Latin America countries like Mexico and Venezuela between 1972 and 1978, failed miserably there because “no va” means “it doesn’t go” in Spanish.

This popular story, in reality, is completely unfounded. For one, Spanish speakers are unlikely to read “nova” as “no va,” the same way English speakers wouldn’t read “notable” or “carpet” as “no table” or “car pet.” “Nova” means “new” in Portuguese, something any fan of Brazillian bossa nova music would know, and Nova is also the name of a Mexican gasoline company. Lastly, “it doesn’t go” is not an expression anyone would naturally use to describe a car that doesn’t run, in English or Spanish.

But more importantly, during the '70s, the Novas that Chevy intended for the Latin American market sold well in Mexico and were so popular in Venezuela they surpassed Chevy’s expectations.

Even though the Nova had a reputation for dependability, it was phased out for model year 1979, and the last original Novas were produced in 1978. However, the Nova name was revived briefly in the late '80s as a front-wheel-drive subcompact that shared a design with Toyota.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Jims59.com

Jims59.com

Jim Snell’s tribute to the 1959 Chevy Impala and other Chevrolets (Bel Air, Two-Ten Wagon, etc.) from the 1950s a… [read review or visit site]

Hemmings Auto Blogs

Hemmings Auto Blogs

This great (and frequently updated) blog from the folks at Hemmings Motor News is a visual feast of old and new pho… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Chevrolet : Nova Super Sport Coupe 69 Nova Super Sport Mainly 1 Owner Most Of Its Life With 22 OptionsChevrolet : Nova Ss 1967 Chevy Nova Ss Great ConditionChevrolet : Nova Bazse 1970 Chevrolet Nova 6 Cylinder 2 Door Coupe No ReserveChevrolet : Nova 2 Door Sedan 1967 Chevy IiChevrolet : Nova 1968 Chevrolet NovaGm 3 Spoke Wood Steering Wheel 64-66 Corvette 67 68 Camaro Chevelle Impala NovaChevrolet : Nova Try To Find Another Like This One 15ks Original 15 495 1 Owner Miles Mint Original 1973 Chevrolet Nova Ss 350 Bucket S ConsoleChevrolet : Nova Body By Fisher 1966 Chevy Ii Nova Running Two Door Sedan BlueChevrolet : Nova Chevy Ii Pro Touring On Bags Pro Touring On Bags - Chevy Ii 400nova, L6 2 Door CoupeChevrolet : Nova Nova Ss Clone Mint Condition 1971 Chevy Nova With Crate EngineChevrolet : Nova Nova 1965 Chevrolet Nova Street Rod Restored 383 V 8 Restomod FastChevrolet : Nova Station Wagon 1965 Chevy Ii Nova Wagon Hot Rod Daily DriverChevrolet : Nova Ss 1963 Nova Convertible Lsx Turbo Pro Touring Magazine Street Rod Hot Show Car 63Chevrolet : Nova Base Coupe 2-door 1971 Chevy Nova 2 Door 350 Engine W Supercharger Blower1969 Camaro Chevelle Nova N34 Rosewood Steering Wheel Z/28 L78 L89 CopoOriginal Gm Aluminum Intake Manifold 3963569 396/375hp 454/450hp Ls-6 Real Deal!Chevrolet : Nova 2 Door Pro Street 1971 Pontiac Ventura 2 Pro Street Looks Just Like A Nova Only A Little ClassierChevrolet : Nova Hardtop 1966 Red HardtopChevrolet : Nova Hardtop 1966 Gray HardtopChevrolet : Nova 1968 Chevrolet Chevy Ii NovaChevrolet : Nova Base Coupe 2-door 1973 Chevrolet Nova Base Coupe 2 Door 5.7 LChevrolet : Nova Base Coupe 2-door 1970 Chevrolet NovaAuthentic Burberry Nova Check Tote Purse Handbag Real!Chevrolet : Nova No Reserve 1973 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Tribute Custom Wheels Selling No ReserveChevrolet : Nova 300 Series 1962 Chevrolet NovaChevrolet : Nova Resto-mod 1967 Chevrolet Nova Resto Mod Absolutly Gorgeous Car Air Ride A C 20 In WheelsChevrolet : Nova 2 Door 1970 NovaChevrolet : Nova Chevy 2 1965 Pro Street Nova Black On BlackVintage California Black & Gold License Plates 63-69 Years Qdr 151 Dmv Clear WowIke Quebec Bossa Nova Soul Samba Blue Note 4114 Van Gelder "ear" Nm Mono OrigChevrolet : Nova 2 Door Post 1966 Chevy Ii NovaGm Aluminum Intake Manifold 3933198 68-69 427/430hp L88 Zl1 1969 Dated Awesome!!Vintage Amt Chevrolet 1963 Nova Station Wagon Craftsman Series Model Car Kit Chevrolet : Nova Base 1964 Chevy 2 100 Series 4 Door SedanChevrolet : Nova N/a Nova Ss 1973Original Gm 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Ss 327 L79 Holley 3043 Carburetor 3863150-dgChevrolet : Nova Resto Mod 1967 Chevy Nova Resto Mod 450 Hp Ls 1 V 8 Black Black 4 Wheel Disc BrakesChevrolet : Nova Hatchback 1975 Viper Red 75 Nova HatchbackChevrolet : Nova Convertible 1963 Chevy Ll Nova Convertible Lsx Driver1966 Chevy Ii Nova Ss L79 Only Holley 4 Barrel Carburetor 3245 1966 Chevy Ii Nova Ss L79 TachometerOriginal Gm 1962-1967 Chevy Nova 283 327 L79 High Performance Oil Pan & PickupChevrolet : Nova Guy 1970 Nova 350 300 Automatic Bucket Seats New Paint New InteriorChevrolet : Nova National Award Winning 65 Nova67 68 69 70 71 72 Seat Belts Camaro Chevelle Cutlass Monte Nova 442 Super SportChevrolet : Nova Super Sport 1963 Nova Ss Time CapsuleSbc1967-69 Camaro 1968-74 Nova Small Block Hooker Super Comp Headers CoatedAuthentic Burberry Tan Nova Check Haymarket Leather Trim Handbag Tote PurseChevrolet : Nova Base Trim 1972 Chevrolet Nova Base Trim V 8 350Black Cat Bones Barbed Wire Sandwich Orig Decca Nova Uk Lp Blues Rock Psych RareNos Front Disc Brake Pads 1969-1972 Camaro Chevelle Nova, In The Old Gm Box!Chevrolet : Nova Coupe 1978 Chevy Nova No Reserve Nr Pristine Condition A T Runs New PaintOriginal Gm 1965-1972 12 Bolt 3.55 Ratio Gear Set Ring And Pinion Chevelle Nova Nova # 1 - Origin & 1st Appearance Cgc 9.6 Ow/white Pgs. Chevrolet : Nova Ss 1969 Nova SsAuthentic Burberry Nova Check ToteChevrolet : Nova Nova NovaChevrolet : Nova 1969 Chevrolet Chevy Nova 425 Hp Turbo Jet Motor Automatic 76 148 No ReserveChevrolet : Nova Ln 1975 Chevy Nova LnVintage Clifford Chevrolet 153 4 Barrel Intake Manifold 4 Cylinder Nova Chevy Ii