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1964 Chevrolet Nova

VIN# 40411N190745

 

The Nova started out as a car that Chevrolet needed to compete against the new compact-car wars that was heating up. The Nova was designed straight from the drawing board, not from any other car. Ford came out with the Falcon/Comet, Chrysler came out with the Valiant/Dart, AMC had the Rambler American and Studebaker had its Lark. Although Chevy already had a compact car (the Corvair), the goal was to come out with a car that would compete with the new RWD compacts.

All of these cars were of "unibody" design, with a completely detatchable front end, so that fenders and other front end sheet metal could be repaired or replaces very easily. These cars were known as the GM "X"-body line, bodies made by Fisher Body. Production numbers concluded that the 1963 Chevy II/Nova outsold the domestic competition in compacts.

In 1964, the Nova SS was dropped, in anticipation on the arrival of the new, larger Chevelle SS, but public demand caused a mid-year return of the Nova SS. 2 new engines was available in 1964 - the 283 V8 (the first year for a V8), and the 230 inline six. 5-inch standard GM wheels and 9 1/2 in. brakes were utilized. The convertible no longer made it in 1964, nor did the 3-seat station wagon, however the 2-seat wagon continued. Also, the Chevy II 300-series trim level was deleted, so only the 100, 400 and SS remained.

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