On the production line in 1966 for the Chevrolet division of General Motors was a compact car which would continue to be produced until 1980 and again from 1985-1988. First available in 1961, the Chevy Nova saw five generations before its final end came along. Some refer to the Nova as the Chevy II, as it was officially called, though the Nova would come to be known as the top-of-the-line series. The second generation models only lasted two model years, and the 1966 model year Chevy II is one of them (the 2nd generation spanned the short period between 1966 and 1967).
Under the hood of this muscle car was a 327 V8 engine which produced 350 horsepower. Its speed was impressive, and the car hit the quarter mile at 95 miles per hour in 15 seconds. A Super Sport option was also available to pack a bigger punch on the road. Three transmission types (4 speed manual, 3 speed manual, and 2 speed powerglide) helped shift this muscle car into the public eye, and the handful of body styles made it appealing to many. A relatively huge number of interior and exterior color options were available, which no doubt helped contribute to the model’s priority. Pricing for the Chevy II began at $2535, which is the equivalent of about $17,925 in 2012 in the United States.
As the 1960s drew to a close, the Chevy II continued to impress, and it would excite car buyers for years. When production and sales numbers finally began to fall, the Chevy II was replaced by the Chevy Citation, though the Chevy II did make a brief appearance in the latter part of the 1980s.