In 1962, a new model became available from the Chevrolet division of General Motors. Also called the Chevy II, the Chevrolet Nova was a compact car that was produced in part to compete with the Ford Falcon, a feat which the Chevy Corvair was not able to do. The Nova was a popular vehicle, albeit a bit boxy. It earned impressive sales numbers, and it had the high production numbers to match. The Nova line would eventually come to an end, but in the meantime, and in the time following its production, car enthusiasts eyed the Nova as a car worthy of much more than a second look.
With three trim levels, the 1962 Chevrolet Nova came in a basic 100, a mid-range 300, and a more stylish 400 version. A sport coupe and a convertible were also available. For all versions, a sedan and station wagon were also available. Ranging in price from $2033 to $2497, depending on the style, the popular model had several different options available to buyers. Two different engines were available. One, a Super-thrift 153 cubic inch, 4-cylinder engine produced 90 horsepower. The other was a six- cylinder 194 cubic inch engine which produced 120 horsepower; it would later become the standard engine for the Nova.
Some dealerships began replacing these engine options with a V8, which would inspire General Motors to begin considering it for the Nova. Two different transmissions, a 3-speed manual and a 2-speed Powerglide were available.
With a few adjustments, especially with the addition of the V8 engine, the 1962 Chevrolet Nova could achieve impressive speed, including a 5.2 second 0-60 run. Added to the already exciting numbers the 1962 Chevrolet Nova could tout, this classic cars still turns heads today.