Produced in five generations by Chevrolet, the Nova is one of the most recognized Chevy models in the world.
The Nova was the top model in the Chevy II lineup through 1968. The Chevy II nameplate was then dropped, making Nova the nameplate for the 1969 through 1979 models. Built on the X-body platform, the Nova was replaced by the 1980 Chevrolet Citation introduced in the spring of 1979.
Chevrolet designer Clare MacKichan recalled about creating the Chevy II: "There was no time for experimentation or doodling around with new ideas from either the engineers or from us in design; And it had to be a basic-type car."
The 1962 Chevy II rode a 110-inch wheelbase, compared to 109.5 for the Ford Falcon, at which Chevy's new compact was aimed.
"I think that was the quickest program we ever did at any time," MacKichan continued. "We worked night and day on that car, and it didn't take very long to run it through our shop because we had a deadline."
That’s what made the Chevy II one of the fastest new-car development programs in General Motors history. Only 18 months after the designers got the green light, the first production Chevy II rolled off the Willow Run, Michigan, assembly line in August 1961, in time for its introduction on September 29 that same year.
Unlike the Corvair, the 1962 Chevy II was deliberately never intended to be revolutionary in concept or execution; its mission was to give Chevrolet buyers a simple, “back-to-the-basics” compact car.
Because of its compact design, it’s become a popular car for collectors.
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