AJ's Car of the Day: 1975 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport (SS) Hatchback

Car: Chevrolet Nova Super Sport (SS) Hatchback

Year: 1975

What makes it special: It was the first year for the fourth generation Chevrolet Nova with all new sheet metal, a 350 V8 was offered up with a 3-speed automatic, or manual 4-speed transmission for V8 equipped Nova's only.

What made it famous: It was refined in the manner of European sedans, had front suspension and a subframe assembly similar to F-Body platform cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. The Nova hatchback also featured fixed side window or optional "flip-out' windows as well.

Why I would want one: These weren't originally considered future classics. Many were used and abused, and tossed for recycling. Therefore not many are around anymore, which makes them something that stands out from the others. They might be considered as "forgotten muscle cars."

Fun fact: Chevrolet's compact models were headed into the front-wheel-drive age for 1980, and the Nova was taken over by the new Chevrolet Citation.The Chevrolet Nova nameplate returned in spring 1984 as a front-wheel drive sub compact produced from 1985 to 1988. The last one rolled off the assembly line on August 18, 1988.

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