The neat looking beast you see on the screen above first appeared in the late 60s as the Nova kit car, produced in the UK by Richard Oakes and Phil Sayers using a swoopy fiberglass body, and Volkswagen Beetle chassis with buyer provided running gear. The same design was later branded as the Sterling, Cimbria and Purvis, and […]
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 […]
If you saw this car on the street, you wouldn’t immediately think it was built in someone’s basement. Well…you guys might assume that is the case because y’all are familiar with kit cars, but the average Joe on the street will assume this is a rare Lamborghini concept car or a Pontiac prototype from the […]
e fourth generation Nova was released in 1973 with a “so-called” hatchback body style and restyled front and rear. The big government mandated bumpers don’t look as bad as some of the competition. Fast forward almost 50 years and now this thing looks cool. One interesting thing about this car is that it has the one-year only 262 (4.3 liter making 110 horsepower) small block which was only available in the Monza/Nova (and Pontiac Ventura) for a year before folks at GM realized it was stupid to not just put a 350 into everything. Find this 1975 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback offered for $13,500 in Walton, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory (who mentioned he loves those flat seats).
Most of the 3rd and 4th generation Novas you see at car club events are big V8 powered machines with flat paint and wide tires out back. Today’s example has upgraded disc brakes and really nice paint, but it has it original 250 cubic inch straight six and an automatic transmission. So it’ll get you to the Friday night car show, but you won’t be able to leave black stripes on the ground (or crash into a parked car) on your way home, which might be a good thing. Find this 1974 Chevrolet Nova offered for $16,500 in Saint Augustine, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
For 4 generations and 17 years the Chevrolet Nova was a decent sized front-engine rear-wheel-drive economy car from GM. It was called compact, but by today’s standards it was pretty big and by the 1979 it was powered by big gas guzzling V8s and Chevrolet decided to discontinue the model. But it was with some shock when the Nova name was reincarnated with a rebadged version of the AE82 Toyota Corolla for the 1985 model year. Today we’ve got a super love mile version of the 80s Nova built in at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA (which is now a Tesla gigafactory) offered for a reasonable price. Find this 1987 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback offered for $5,850 in Elk Grove, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
A white Chevrolet Nova with a red landau roof isn’t something you’d want to admit to buying new in the late 1970s…but today…anybody would be proud to rock this thing every single day of the week. Which makes it almost a crime that the odometer reading is so low on this amalaising piece of automotive art history. Find this 1976 Chevrolet Nova Concours offered for $18,500 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from Zeke.
I hate to be the guy who is always criticizing random folks on the internet and their ability to create good car advertisements…but I’m afraid today I have to be. First, the reason I’m featuring this car is because Mr Mark commented that we’ve featured two Nova clones, first the Buick Apollo and then a Pontiac Ventura…so the logical thing to do is to post an Olds Omega…but they are hard to find and this next one has one of the saddest listings I’ve seen on eBay in a while. At least the price isn’t bonkers, but it is difficult to understand the condition of the Omega, so maybe the price IS bonkers. Find this 1976 Oldsmobile Omega SX offered for $5,750 buy-it-now in Gettysburg, PA via eBay.
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.
If there is one thing that young car buyers must understand, it is this; they are only original once. If this next car is purchased by a well meaning 21 year old version of myself…it could well end up with a decent new paint job and a fire breathing 350 v8 build connected to a […]