While our last post focused on the first Chevrolet Nova to hit the markets, today’s focus turns to a later version of the model. The had much in store for the model. After receiving a significant redesign from the 2nd generation’s looks, the third generation (which ran from 1968-1974) of the Nova included some of the most exciting model years for this particular car. For t and onward, the name was finally its own, and the Chevy II name was dropped (Chevy II is often used interchangeably with Nova).
The 1968 Chevrolet Nova came with fewer body style options than the Nova had enjoyed in previous years. The station wagon and hardtop sport coupe were discontinued, leaving buyers with a 2-door coupe or sedan, 4-door coupe or sedan, or the Super Sport option. For the most part, the car was available with darker colors for the interior and exterior, and with a few exceptions, the tones were mostly blues, grays, and some metallic colors. As nice as a fresh paint job is, however, the engine options for the 1968 Chevrolet Nova were also as exciting. Starting off with a 350 cid V8 engine which produced 295 horsepower, those who were interested could make the upgrade to the Chevy 396 V8 big block. The larger engine could produce 375 horsepower, allowing the car to reach the quarter mile mark at 104 miles per hour.
Today, the Nova still gets some attention in popular culture, and is certainly a fun car to restore. Adding a fresh set of racing stripes or a hood scoop can give the car a little extra character to add to this classic car’s appeal.