Collector Worth Car: Chevy Nova

Chevrolet has over the years continually produced top performing and some of the most highly regarded vehicles distributed. We at Farm Boy Garage are HUGE Chevy fans and feel that most of their products are worth the money. When looking back on some of the historical muscle cars that have made an impact in the history of Chevy, we're always reminded of one of our favorites: The Chevy Nova! This week, we're sharing with you a bit of info on these gorgeous compact muscle cars and giving them the recognition they deserve!

The Creation of Chevy Nova
In the 1960s, Chevy executives made the push for a budget friendly 'basic' car to be released and out on dealership lots as quickly as possible. This urgency left very little time for designers to focus on details or throw around ideas, making the 'Chevy II' the fastest car development process in history. In just a short 18 month period after approval, the first Nova rolled off the assembly line. To help speed the process, the developers relied on the Ford Falcon as a point of reference.

Becoming a Muscle Car
The original Chevy II offered a pair of engines, including the 2.5-liter inline-four and the 3.2-liter straight-six engine. As a result of declining sales following the release of the 1964 Chevelle, V8 engines were eventually added to the line, including the fuel-injected version typically found in the Chevy Corvette. During the first 4 years after its debut, updates included a restyled exterior design, a revamped dashboard, and the inclusion of bucket seats.

The second generation Chevy II was unveiled in 1966. The new design featured a more squared body, an eye-catching grille and a fastback roofline. Customers had a choice of engines: a 3.18-liter inline-six, a 3.8-liter inline-six, a 4.64-liter V8 (with 195 to 220 horsepower), a 5.36-liter V8 (275 horsepower), and the new Turbo-Fire 5.36-liter V8 (350 horsepower). With these changes and upgrades, the vehicle began its transformation into a muscle car.

The third generation made its debut in 1968. The vehicle was completely redesigned to compete with the Camaro, featuring a longer wheelbase and a new subframe. The new generation also included new power brakes and steering, an adaptive air conditioning unit, and restyled head restraints. It was this generation that the name 'Chevy II' was dropped and 'Nova' was picked up. The fourth and fifth generation didn't offer many changes in the way of engine or power, just simple esthetic upgrades.

Let's Find and Restore Your Dream Nova!
Though some model years, particularly those that were available only in very limited release, are considered collectible classic cars, Chevy Novas are often more affordable than other classic cars out there. Are you looking to add a Nova to your collection? We can help you find one! We can also fully restore it to its original/super modified glory. We run a one-stop-shop here at Farm Boy Garage, and all restoration services are done on site, meaning your car doesn't leave our garage until it's completed to your satisfaction! So, what are you waiting for? Let's find that Chevy Nova you've been dreaming of!

Are you ready to create the muscle car or classic truck of your dreams? Let us be your one-stop-shop! Visit our website to check out some of the recent projects we've completed and to learn about the vehicle restoration services we offer.

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Farm Boy Garage
10660 E. County Line Rd.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320
Phone: 515-528-8904
Cell: 515-333-1238

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