Hello and happy Independence Day – The day American’s celebrate the pillaging of land from…. I mean, a day American’s celebrate their independence from Great Britain. We commence celebrations with cookouts, booze, bonding with friends and family, and massive amounts of fireworks. Here at LACS, we will celebrate with a throwback to some of our favorite classic American made cars we’ve spotted.
Spotted this vivid off-white Chevy Nova in Silverlake area of Los Angeles on a sun filled walk around the local reservoir. The sedan’s are not the most sought after Nova’s, but the combination of the color and wheels on this one make it especially appealing. It’s a shame this otherwise very clean car has had a “love tap” on the rear bumper. Let’s say it just adds to the character!
And check out some other Nova’s we’ve spotted:
Now this is quite the spectacle. It is not everyday you see a blown Chevy Nova SS with the FREAKIN BLOWER coming out of the hood. I mean…. come on. I ascertain that these superchargers are large because the boost technology was not as efficient as now-a-days. The real reason? I will never know for certain – mostly because I’m too lazy to look it up. Enjoy these pics.
Spotted this early 70’s Chevy Nova parked outside a coffee shop in Echo Park. This Nova is sporting a conglomerate of body panels, an aftermarket hood and upgraded rims. With those type of rims, I doubt this Nova is getting much in the way of brake cooling. Hope it doesn’t find itself at an autocross anytime soon!
And check out our other Chevy Nova’s we have spotted:
It’s the end of the month and that can only mean one thing – Los Angeles Car Spotting photo Hodgepodge. We compile all the automobiles that didn’t get featured this month but still deserve an honorable mention. Enjoy!
The Chevy Nova, also known as the Chevy II, was a small bodied coupe/sedan that was stuffed with an available V8. This particular Nova sedan (Third Generation) sports a custom hood, new wheels and what I’m hoping is a Big Block V8 under the hood (but who knows)! Take a look…
Some info via Wiki:
For 1969 the Chevy II nameplate was retired, leaving the Nova nameplate. The “Chevy II by Chevrolet” trunklid badge was replaced with “Nova by Chevrolet” and the “Chevy II” badge above the grille was replaced with the bowtie emblem and the ’69 model was promoted under the Nova model name in Chevrolet sales literature.
As with other 1969 GM vehicles, locking steering columns were incorporated into the Nova. Simulated air extractor/vents were added below the Nova script, which was relocated to the front fender behind the wheelwell instead of the rear quarter panel. The 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 with four-barrel carburetor that came standard with the SS option was revised with a 5 hp (4 kW) increase to 300 hp (220 kW), while a two-barrel carbureted version of the 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 rated at 255 hp (190 kW) was a new option on non-SS models. The SS option price remained US$312 A new Turbo-Hydramatic 350 three-speed automatic was made available for non-SS Novas with six-cylinder and V8 engines, although the older two-speed Powerglide continued to be available on the smaller-engined Novas. 1969 SS models were the first Nova SS models to have standard front disc brakes.
For 1974, the Chevrolet Nova got larger parking lights and new bow-tie grille emblems, as well as modified bumpers that added two inches to length and helped cushion minor impacts. The Powerglide was replaced by a lightweight version of the three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 350 ( THM 250 ) already offered with the 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8, which was the only V8 offered for 1974. Nova sales continued the surge they had enjoyed since 1972 and approached 400,000 cars for 1974. Six-cylinder Novas were the fastest gainers, as sales of V-8 Novas declined. These were the years of the first energy crisis as Middle Eastern countries cut back on oil exports. After waiting for hours in gas lines and fretting about the prospect of fuel rationing, thrifty compacts looked pretty good to plenty of Americans. Nova fit the bill.