1969 Chevy Nova
The 1969 Chevrolet Nova came in many different trim levels, including the ever popular SS 396. Not only was this car popular when it was released in 1969, but it has held up to the test of time. When it comes to classic muscle cars, this is one that is never overlooked by those who truly know what they are talking about.
One thing that was immediately recognized about the 1969 Nova was its clean cut appearance. In other words, it did not stand out like other muscle cars of its time. Despite its unassuming styling, both inside and out, this car offered just as many features as any other car of that time period – if not more.
In 1968 Chevrolet decided to redesign the Nova. While many people were expecting big things for the company’s popular compact car, it was still “laid back” and less flashy than most of the competition. That being said, when you looked under the hood it was easy to see that the 1969 Chevy Nova was a bit different than those from the past. A chassis design shared with the Camaro meant one thing to this car: the ability to finally accommodate a big block. As you can imagine, this meant a lot of power from a car that most people never looked at in this way.
Halfway through 1969 Chevrolet made a big announcement: they were releasing a Super Sport (SS) edition of the Nova. What did this mean? On top of other features, the SS model was equipped with a 396-cid V8 engine. With this car came a 375 horsepower engine, 415 lb ft torque, power front discs, special suspension setup, and a red stripe. Along with this, there were many body upgrades that showed the SS styling including several badges, black accented grille, and an upgraded hood intake. With all of this you would expect people to realize that it was indeed a muscle car – but still this did not happen.
So, just how fast was this car? The 1969 Chevy Nova could go from 0 – 60 in 5.9 seconds. Along with this, it could cover a quarter mile 14.5 seconds at 101 miles per hour. As you can see, despite the fact that this car did not look like the rest it was every bit as fast while also offering an unforgettable driving experience.
With all this information it is easy to see that the 1969 Chevy Nova was different than the competition. But sometimes different is better. By bucking the trend Chevrolet produced a car that is now considered a classic.