For Sale: 1963 Chevrolet Nova in La Verne, California

Vehicle Description

1963 CHEVROLET NOVA SUPER SPORT C-946 This First Generation 1963 Chevrolet Nova is a true Super Sport hardtop, powered by the 250ci TurboThrift engine producing 155hp, mated to an automatic transmission. Exterior is finished in blue with white top and complimenting bucket seat interior with floor mounted shifter. All original hub caps, logos, emblems, chrome trims, moldings, bumpers, lighting, and glass are in excellent condition. This is a fun-filled driving 1963 Nova Super Sport. History Origin Chevrolet designer Clare MacKichan recalled about creating the Chevy II: "There was no time for experimentation or doodling around with new ideas from either the engineers or from us in design; And it had to be a basic-type car." The 1962 Chevy II rode a 110 in wheelbase, compared to 109.5 in for the Ford Falcon, at which Chevy's new compact was aimed. "I think that was the quickest program we ever did at any time," he continued. "We worked night and day on that car, and it didn't take very long to run it through our shop because we had a deadline." And that is what made the Chevy II one of the fastest new-car development programs in GM history - just 18 months after the designers got the green light, the first production Chevy II rolled off the Willow Run, Michigan, assembly line in August 1961, in time for its September 29 introduction. Unlike the Corvair, the 1962 Chevy II design team deliberately avoided any revolutionary features in concept or execution; their mission was to give Chevrolet buyers a simple, back-to-the-basics compact car. When he announced the Chevy II to the press, Chevrolet General Manager Ed Cole described the car as offering "maximum functionalism with thrift." When the Chevy II was introduced, it was the second post-WWII American made car from the "Big 3", after the Pontiac Tempest (and the first Chevrolet since the 1928 Chevrolet National), to use a four-cylinder engine. There was a lot of debate within the Chevrolet organization over just what to call this new car, and the decision to go with "Chevy II" was a very late one. Among the finalists was Nova. It lost out because it didn't start with a "C," but was selected as the name for the top-of-the-line series. Ultimately the Nova badge would replace Chevy II, but that wouldn't happen until 1969. In almost every way, the creators of the Chevy II used Falcon as a benchmark. The 1962 model range included sedans and wagons, as well as a two-door hardtop and a convertible. The only body styles it didn't offer which the Falcon did were a 2-door wagon/sedan delivery and coupe utility (the Ford Falcon Ranchero), most likely to avoid competing with Chevrolet's own El Camino. After the rear-engine Chevrolet Corvair was outsold by the conventional Ford Falcon in 1960, Chevrolet completed work on a more conventional compact car that would eventually become the Chevy II. The car was of semi-unibody construction having a bolt on front section joined to its unitized cabin and trunk rear section, available in two- and four-door sedan configurations as well as convertible and 4-door station wagon versions. The 1962 Chevy II came in three series and five body styles-the 100 Series, 300 Series and Nova 400 Series. A 200 series was also introduced, but was discontinued almost immediately. The sportiest-looking of the lot was the US$2,475 ($22,172 in 2021 dollars ) Nova 400 convertible-23,741 were produced that year. Chevrolet's inline-four engine of 153 cu in (2.5 L) and a new 194 cu in (3.2 L) Hi-Thrift straight-six engine. All Chevy II engines featured overhead valves. A V8 engine was not available in 1962 and 1963. With no documentation proving it, the legend of a dealer installed V8 engine being in a 1962 or 1963 model year Chevy II is a myth. Refer to the GM Heritage Center 1963 Chevrolet Nova information available on the GM Heritage site. In addition, that documentation does not list a V8 engine as a possible dealer installed option. In 1962 and 1963 t

Vehicle Details

  • 1963 Chevrolet Nova
  • Listing ID: CC-1673141
  • Price: $34,900
  • Location:La Verne, California
  • Year:1963
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Nova
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Blue Vinyl
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:86874
  • Stock Number:C-946
  • VIN:30437K158353
Listed By:
American Classic Cars
2282 Arrow Hwy
La Verne, CA 91750

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