Wednesday, November 27, 2013

1965 Chevy Nova Wagon - Unrestored, Unmolested

I love seeing cars like this. A Chevy Nova is not a rare car. Go to any local cruise night and you'll see quite a few. Most have big V8s in them, shiny chrome wheels and a floor mounted Hurst shifter. This Nova, however, is not one of those cars.

The Chevy II was GM's response to the Ford Falcon. The Falcon had outsold the Corvair in 1960, and GM realized it needed something more conventional to compete. The Chevy II was introduced in 1962. Until 1967, when the Chevy II tag was dropped altogether, the Nova was name was used on the top-of-the-line Chevy II models.

This Nova is pretty typical of the kind of car a young, middle-class family bought in the 1960s. It has a 230ci I6 and a 2 speed Powerglide transmission. It has a few creature comfort options, including air conditioning (not integrated into the heating system, and hung below the dash, as was typical in the 1960s) power steering and a power rear window. The rest of the car is standard entry-level 1960s US car; a flat bench seat, a sparse metal dash with a padded top, manual windows and an AM radio.

This car is a running, driving, unrestored example. It has a few minor dings and dents, but no serious rust. For what it is, it is in remarkable shape.

I'm sure there are people looking at this car and salivating at the idea of painting it a flashy color, adding chrome wheels and dropping in a big V8 / manual transmission combo.

I hope that doesn't happen. Customized Chevy Novas are common. Restored mid-line cars are not. I would love to see this car on the street or at a show looking like it did when it left the showroom. It's not only a piece of automotive history, it's a piece of American middle-class history.

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wal said...

I'm with you... I love this baby. Utility vehicles rock.

Jon said...

You could keep the six and build it up if you had the funds. The Clifford Performance site has kits for the 230, as well as others.

scot said...

~ most definitely drive it as is. it's as pretty as it ever needs to be and there is no good reason to hot rod it.

Anonymous said...

Always thought that the Chevrolet dealer installed "Cool Pack" underdash a/c system was unique. They were commonly installed in the Chevy II, Corvair & occasionally in the 1/2 ton trucks of that era. And from what I've heard, they worked great.