After 4 years on the market and seeing sales dwindle with the introduction of the Chevrolet Chevelle in 1964, Chevrolet started working on a new Chevy II Nova. The result was a sharp-edged restyling based in part on the Super Nova concept car. The proportions of the Chevy II Nova were squared up, but the overall dimensions changed very little.
1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova
The 1966 Chevy II and Nova included a new grille and semi-fastback roofline, “humped” fenders and a rear end were similar to the 1966 Chevrolets. The model range included the Chevy II 100, the Chevy II Nova 400 and a top-of-the-line Nova Super Sport or SS for short. Engine choices on the Chevy II included a 90 hp 153 cubic inch inline-four cylinder engine offered only in the base Chevy II 100 models and a 194 cubic inch inline-six engine, a 230 cubic inch inline-six, a 195 or 220 horsepower 283 cubic inch V-8, a 275 horsepower 327 cubic inch V-8 and a new Turbo-Fire 327 cubic inch V-8 delivering 350 horsepower. The Powerglide automatic was not available with the 350 hp engine.
The Nova Super Sport was only available in a Sport Coupe. The SS was equipped with a standard 194 cubic inch inline-six, but any Chevy II engine could be optioned except for the four-cylinder. The Nova SS was distinguished from other Chevy IIs by wide rocker panels and a bright aluminum deck lid cove, SS emblems on the grille, a ribbed rear panel, and Super Sport script on the quarter panels. Wheel covers on the Nova SS were borrowed from the 1965 Malibu SS. The interior featured Strato-bucket front seats .
1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova
The 1967 models received a very few updates after last year’s restyling. The Nova models got a crosshatch pattern deck lid trim panel. The Chevy II Nova was now selling more than the base Chevy II 100. As such, the Chevy II 100 was the value model and lacked much of trim or brightwork found on the Nova models. Other changes this year included a government-mandated energy-absorbing steering column and safety steering wheel, soft interior parts such as armrests and sun visors, recessed instrument panel knobs, and front shoulder belt anchors.
Just as the Chevy II and Nova models suffered sales declines when the 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle was introduces, sales again took a hit with the intoduction of the 1967 Chevrolet Camero. However, the Nova SS got a new black-accented anodized aluminum grille and new wheel covers from the 1966 Impala SS. A new engine option was added to the SS, a 250 cubic inch inline-six. Chevy II badging was also removed from the SS.
A new Chevy II and Nova models would appear in 1968.
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