Muscle Car: Chevy Nova

1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Convertible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve expressed my personal preferences when it comes to cars in other articles online. I’ve done a piece on car shows. I’ve done a few articles on NASCAR sites and NASCAR drivers. I’ve done a piece on another muscle car. Someone out there has read them all and become a fan.  This one is for that fan.

I’ll be back to doing rants and raves, b*tching about half-assed “writers” and asking stupid questions about lesbians real soon. For now take a ride in a muscle car. (The mother of my one son told me some of the guys she knew as well as her first ex-husband always thought the Chevy Nova was a car for p*ssies.

Then again, one of them was actually stupid enough to marry her. I never married her. I just knocked her up once because she said I was too BIG to finish off in her BUT, I digress. . .)

“You want it?
Come get it,
My Chevy Nova”–Ghoti Hook

The Chevrolet Nova II has been a favorite of muscle car mavens since it first came off the line in 1962. It quickly became the top model American compact. Although some critics feel the car was most popular as a muscle car between the years 1962 and 1972, it was produced in intervals (1962 to 1974 and 1975 to 1979) by General Motors. 

NUMMI, a business partnership between General Motors and Toyota, put them out from 1985 to 1988.  The original Nova had what some call a “boxy” body style and was built on a 110 inch wheel base. It was available in either a four or six cylinder engine.

Although it could easily handle a V-8 engine from the start, it was not until 1964 that you could actually purchase a Nova with a V-8 cylinder engine. The following year, 1965, saw Novas offered with a sturdy 327 cubic-inch V-8. Other options, for a brief period, included the two-door hardtop and the convertible version.

These options did not prove as popular.  Unfortunately, for the purists, Chevrolet/General Motors regularly made various changes over the years.  Sometimes, however, change can be a good thing.

In 1968, the Chevy Nova II was redesigned and became what some automotive aficionados consider the most attractive muscle car in America. Despite positive reaction, changes continued to be made. Most notably, the engine size increased and the body style underwent small changes as well. Even today, the combination of a lightweight body and powerful engine still makes this car an award-winning, favorite of muscle car aficionados.

So is this vehicle a car for sissies or is it truly an auto for muscle car mavens? I don’t know. All I know is that some of these cars look real sexy with sexy women on them and in them.

My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.

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