The early 1970s Chevrolet Nova was categorized in GM’s fleet as a compact but with a 111 inch wheelbase and a 189 inch overall length, it was anything but compact. GM’s desire for marketshare was equally not compact and they released corporate cousins in the Oldsmobile Omega, and Pontiac Ventura, and Buick Apollo. Strange side […]
The Ventura name was first used by Pontiac as a higher priced version of their 1960 full sized Catalina, but with the release of the Grand Prix, the name was relegated to a trim option for 1962 through 1965. However, in 1971 the Ventura was given new life on GM’s compact rear-drive X-platform shared with […]
The third generation (1968-1974) Chevrolet Nova was categorized in GM’s fleet as a compact but with a 111 inch wheelbase and a 189 inch overall length was anything but compact. GM’s eye on the market was also anything but compact and they released corporate cousins in the Buick Apollo, Oldsmobile Omega, and Pontiac Ventura…and those cousins are much cheaper on the used market today compared to the more well known Nova. Find this 1973 Buick Apollo offered for $6,800 in Knoxville, TN via craigslist.
The original Oldsmobile Omega was a badge engineered version of the X-platform Chevrolet Nova and was sold in two generations 1973-1974 and 1975-1979. The Omega was more luxurious than the Nova it was based on, but it still rode on the same basic chassis and is just as wonderful or horrible depending on who you […]
The following collection of craigslist winners comes from Matt C who also included some commentary to go with each of the clunkers. I’m leading off with a good deal on a Buick Apollo, the Nova’s forgotten brother. 73 Buick Apollo Buick 350, 350th trans. Need door panels and head liner. Runs and drives. Bottom dollar […]
The Apollo of Ancient Greek mythology is a larger than life character, the son of Zeus, who shoots arrows infected with the plague at his enemies, but the Apollo of GM’s bastardized fleet was something of a pretender. Find this 1973 Buick Apollo here on eBay bidding for $3,500 reserve-not-met with a buy-it-now of $8,600, […]