Thursday, January 7, 2016

Vintage Bruiser: 1965 Chevrolet Nova Wagon

The Chevy II was launched in 1962 as GM's competitor to the compact (and fast selling) Ford Falcon and eventually assumed the name Nova a few years later.  The II/Nova was not a revolutionary car like the rear air-cooled engined Corvair and instead was a bare bones 18 month concept-to-showroom front-engine rear-drive compact that was designed to appeal to the mainstream buyer in the mid 60s, and it sold quite well.  Find this 1965 Chevrolet Nova Wagon offered for $9,500 in Trenton, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck. 

You will find 2-door Novas at many Saturday morning cars 'n' coffee gatherings across the country, but the wagon versions is not quite as common.  This Nova is not for the introvert and features a vintage racer style paint job, complete with a telephone number for (the fictitious?) Moon Lite Auto Service in the Cincinnati area.

Under the hood is a Chevrolet small block V8 that has been stroked to 383 cubic inches and looks pretty well hot-rodded out.  Power goes to a 5-speed tremec manual gearbox and to a 3.73:1 posi rear end -- it should scoot nicely.

See a better way to cruise in a vintage wagon?


  1. A repligasser.

    Y'know, though, this kind of car is *supposed* to have an automatic, and if authentic, probably a 2-speed Powerglide.

    1. Because it was aimed at the 'thrifty' Buyer, many came standard with a '3 on the tree'


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