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What’s a Chevy Nova Worth Today? $250,000? $30 Million?

What’s a Chevy Nova Worth Today? $250,000? $30 Million?

1968 Chevrolet NovaWhile it may not seem out of the ordinary to spend over $20,000 for a finely restored Chevy Nova, spending six figure or millions on one does seem a bit excessive. The Chevy Nova is not a hard-to-find rarity, like an early 1953 Chevy Corvette or a 1955 Gullwing Mercedes, so it comes as a surprise to many Nova fans and car aficionados that two cars would be so highly priced.

Animated Characters Selling Automobiles Over the Years

Animated Characters Selling Automobiles Over the Years

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Photo Courtesy of www.biography.com

Car commercials and animated characters have gone hand-in-hand since car commercials hit the small screen. From Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang to modern anime, animated characters are useful tools for selling cars of all makes and models. These are a few of the more memorable cartoon characters and the cars they sold:

'56 Nash RamblerDisney Characters and 1955 Nash Rambler: Back in the mid-century, Disney characters played big roles in big commercials. Jiminy Cricket actually sang a version of his iconic “When You Wish Upon a Star” song for the Nash Rambler. Pegleg Pete, the mean cat, also was featured in a spot for Nash.

Dream Cars for a Ride Through Northern Michigan

Dream Cars for a Ride Through Northern Michigan

Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

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One of the most beautiful places in North America is in the Leelanau Peninsula of Northern Michigan. This area of the world includes the legendary Sleeping Bear Dunes and Sutton’s Bay. This iconic area of the world can be accessed on M-22 which begins near Manistee and ends at Traverse City. This road takes drivers back to nature, especially as the leaves change in the fall, and the simple things in life. While it is a wonderful drive in any car, make, and model, there are a few cars that would be perfect to cruise up and down this magical highway.

Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds

Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds

'66 427 FairlaneCar guys and gals know all about the Woodward Dream Cruise that occurs each summer during the third weekend of August in Detroit, Michigan. However, the east side of the state is not the only place to show off your hotrod, muscle car, sportscar, or tin lizzie. Every summer for the past nine years, Grand Rapids holds the 28th Street Metro Cruise the weekend following the Dream Cruise on the fourth weekend of August. This classic car show draws huge crowds up and down the 10 miles of this business-lined five-lane road as everyone wants to see classic cars like the Ford Fairlane, Chevy Bel Air, as well as exotics like the Ferrari Testarossa and the Lotus Esprit.

Sometimes the Ugly Car is the Best Car

Sometimes the Ugly Car is the Best Car

'73 AMC GremlinIn early years of the 1970s, several automakers released subcompact cars. Chevy had the Vega, Ford had the Pinto, and AMC had the Gremlin. The Pinto and the Vega were touted as attractive cars that were a joy to drive when they were first released. But the Gremlin did not get any kind of praise and most critics complained about the unfortunate exterior styling.

The Best Cars Used as Police Cars

The Best Cars Used as Police Cars

'72 Dodge PolaraFor many years, the cars that have been used as police cars have been large sedans. In most communities it was common to see Dodge Diplomats in the 1980s and today it is common to see Ford Crown Victorias. While most communities have similar cars, there are some places that have stepped out of the large sedan model and moved into sports cars and other unconventional police car models. These are a few of the coolest:

Pontiac Fiero vs. The World

Pontiac Fiero vs. The World

'85 Pontiac FieroChevy had the Corvette and Pontiac had the Fiero. If you remember the 1980s, then you probably remember these two very different cars. Now, you know that only one of these sport two-seaters still remains available for sale on car lots today. The Pontiac Fiero was a ground-breaking car, but it failed to have the impact that the Corvette had and General Motors just could not get the Fiero to deliver.

The Next Corvette? Not Quite

The Chevelle SS: Chevy’s Classic Muscle Car from 1964 to 1973

The Chevelle SS: Chevy’s Classic Muscle Car from 1964 to 1973

Chevelle SS Classic EnterprisesWhen Chevrolet was ready to get into the muscle car movement it did so with the Super Sport, or SS, version of its mid-sized Chevelle, to compete with its brothers GTO and 442. The Chevelle model was an entirely new line for 1964 and Chevy continued to produce it through 1973, when the Malibu name took over. Buyers in the 1960s loved the Chevelle and the SS especially. It proved to be one of Chevy’s best-selling nameplates and the SS impressed both typical buyers and muscle car fans.

Chevy Delray: Typefaces Designed to Engage Buyers

Chevy Delray: Typefaces Designed to Engage Buyers

'55 Chevy DelrayWhen auto manufacturers designed new cars, they had to imagine what the car would look like on the outside, the inside, and under the hood. Cars are not released to the public in a willy-nilly fashion; they have to be tested for aerodynamics, fuel economy, and consumer desire. People love their cars because they see themselves in the style of the car. So, when manufacturers design the name, they do so by considering who they think will drive the car and what appeals to the potential drivers. This stylistic choice shows up in the typefaces that are used on the name plate for the car.

Bring Back the El Camino, Please

Bring Back the El Camino, Please

1965 Chevy El CaminoOnce Volkswagen brought back the “New” Beetle several years ago (1997 to be exact), other retro treasures have slowly made their way back to the car lots. Where would we be today without the return of the Camaro in 2010? What about the iconic Mini Cooper? Even Dodge brought back the Dart (despite the fact that the car looks nothing like the original). It only seems fitting that one of the most iconic styles from the past, the Chevy El Camino, is due to make reappearance. There are several reasons why Chevy should bring back the sexy car-truck sooner rather than later: