1968 Chevrolet Nova
After losing some compact car market share in previous years to
Ford, in 1960 Chevrolet went to the drawing board. They had visions
of quickly producing a compact car for the masses that would be
both economical and desirable. By 1962, the first Chevy II Nova
rolled off the production line.
For consignment, a nice nugget of Chevrolet history if you will in
a 1968 version of the Nova. The first year of the 3rd generation
and the final year of the Chevy II moniker and with a 111"
wheelbase, the new Nova was only 1" shorter than a Malibu on the
wheelbase front. Far from what we consider a compact car today.
Sporting a powerful 454ci crate V8, and a gaggle of other upgrades
mechanically and visually, we could call this car the peque�o
One of my personal favorite years for the Nova model it has the
overall look of a muscle car but in very tasteful form. The paint
is acceptable, with orange peel, inclusions, rust bubbling, and
stone chips evident. Chrome and trim is looking smart and shiny
with no rust or dulling. From the single headlight horizontal
banded front grille and bumper below to the window surround in
front, side view mirrors and gracefully sloping rear glass as it
melts into the trunk deck, its original in its presentation. Simple
badging and well minded gaps, along with 14-inch polished aluminum
Apollo wheels wrapped in raised white letter BF Goodrich rubber,
let's hop inside and chew up some Fords.
A swing of the doors reveals original door panels with chrome
accenting, chrome cranks, the armrest and a notable tear at the
bottom of the driver's panel. Moving inside it is quite the
contrary with the original dash and speedo, but the buck stops
there and several additions are now inside. These include a
steering column mounted Bosch tachometer, an aftermarket
AM/FM/Cassette player and a duo of gauges just below the ashtray.
Black painted metal boxes with black padded vinyl for the remainder
of the dash. A rally style steering wheel fronts this updated dash.
Seats are now like new high back buckets with smooth bolsters to
keep you planted when taking some liberties with the accelerator
and tight turns. Black vinyl is looking good for these chairs. In
the back a simple smooth black vinyl bench is now in the back for
some weight loss. Faded black carpeting and a somewhat loose
headliner is above. Noted is a white ball topped chrome Hurst
shifter on the hump.
Under the hood in a wonderfully restored and simplified bay is
plopped a 454ci V8 crate motor. A 750cfm Demon 4bbl carburetor is
on top under the chrome air cleaner assembly and MSD ignition is in
charge of lighting the fire. Ribbed aluminum M/T valve covers are
on for a bit of dress up and on the back is strapped a Borg Warner
T10 4-speed manual transmission. The rear axle weighs in as a 12
bolt Positraction unit. This engine is a wonderful machined metal
presentation sitting in a very clean bay.
All covered in black with some light surface rust appearing on the
suspension components. We see leaf springs for the rear traction,
and independent coil sprung suspension in front. Disk brakes are in
front and drums for the rear, meanwhile headers are on with
Flowmaster exhaust for the exhale.
This red devil started right up, and handled our test track well
with nice acceleration, good sturdy handling, and solid bias free
brakes. An enjoyable time behind the wheel was had with all
functions working swimmingly.
Some extra muscle for this Nova now with a great black vinyl
interior, monster cubes under the hood, and some snappy wheels for
putting the power on the ground. Don't let this "compact' red devil
pass you by, aren't you glad I introduced you to this wow factor
13-Chevy II Nova Inline 6
27-2 Door Sedan
W-Willow Run, MI Assy Plant
244844-Sequential Unit Number
11C-3rd Week November Build
ST 68 11327-1968 Chevy II Nova 2 Door Sedan
BDY WRN17658-Willow Run Body #
TR 733-Black Standard Vinyl Bench
PNT HH-Grecian Green
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