Chevrolet Nova SS

 

1962-1972

 

Chevrolet entered into the compact budget muscle car battle in 1962 with the Chevrolet Nova SS. The Nova SS started as the underpowered Chevy II but was soon made into a true muscle car in 1964 with the availability of its first V8. Eventually the Nova SS came with the same engines that were used in the Camaro, including the powerful 396/375hp V8. The budget compact car with the powerful V8 engine created the ultimate sleeper.

 

 

1962 Chevrolet Nova

Production:
Engines: 194 I6 120 bhp
Performance: 194/120: 0-60 in 13.0 seconds, 1/4 mile in 19.0 seconds @ 70 mph

 

 

1963 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production: 42,432
Engines: 194 I6 120 bhp
Performance: 194/120: 0-60 in 15.9 seconds, 1/4 mile in 21.0 seconds @ 67 mpg

 

1964 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production: 10,576
Engines: 194 I6 120 bhp

230 I6 140 bhp

230 I6 155 bhp

283 V8 195 bhp
Performance: 283/195: 0-60 in 11.3 seconds, 1/4 mile in 18.0 seconds @ 75 mph

 

1965 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production: 9,100
Engines: 194 I6 120 bhp

230 I6 140 bhp

230 I6 155 bhp

283 V8 195 bhp

327 V8 250 bhp

327 V8 300 bhp
Performance

 

1966 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production: 21,000
Engines: 194 I6 120 bhp

230 I6 140 bhp

230 I6 155 bhp

283 V8 195 bhp

283 V8 220 bhp

327 V8 275 bhp

327 V8 350 bhp
Performance: 327/350: 1/4 mile in 15.10 sec

 

1967 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production: 10,100
Engines: 194 I6 120 bhp

250 I6 155 bhp

230 I6 155 bhp

283 V8 195 bhp

283 V8 220 bhp

327 V8 275 bhp

327 V8 350 bhp @ 5800 rpm, 360 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Performance: 327/350: 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.9 seconds @ 96.5 mph

 

1968 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production: Nova SS: 5,571 Nova SS w/ 396/350: 234 Nova SS w/ 396/375: 667
Engines: 350 V8 295 bhp

396 V8 350 bhp @ 5200 rpm, 415 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm

396 V8 375 bhp @ 5600 rpm, 415 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Performance: 327/325: 0-60 in 5.9 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.5 seconds @ 101 mph

 

1969 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production: Nova SS: 17,654 Nova SS w/ 396/350: 1,947 Nova SS w/ 396/375: 5,262
Engines: 350 V8 295 bhp

396 V8 375 bhp @ 5600 rpm, 415 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

(Yenko) 427 V8 425 bhp @ 5600 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Performance: 396/375: 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. 1/4 mile in 14.5 seconds @ 101 mph

(Yenko) 427/425: 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds, 1/4 mile in 13.2 seconds @ 103 mph

With less weight than the Yenko Camaros and Chevelles, even less than a 427 Corvette, the L72 Yenko Nova was probably the fastest automobile Don Yenko ever offered.

 

1970 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production: 19,558
Engines: 350 V8 295 bhp

402 V8 350 bhp

402 V8 375 bhp
Performance

 

1971 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production:
Engines: 350 V8 270 bhp
Performance

 

1972 Chevrolet Nova SS

Production:
Engines: 350 V8 200 bhp
Performance: 350/200: 1/4 mile in 15.5 seconds @ 88.4 mph

 

Although the Nova SS would live until 1976, true Nova SS performance ended in 1972.

 

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