AJ's Car of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Sport Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Sport Coupe

Year: 1964

What makes it special: For 1964, after sales took a hit by the introduction of the Chevrolet Chevelle, the Chevy II Nova received its first factory V8 option, a 195 hp, 283 cu in V8.

What made it famous: After an absence from the line-up, Chevrolet reintroduced the Sport Coupe in the lineup later that model year, remaining through 1967.

Why I would want one: It lends itself well to a good looking restoration, or is excellent street rod material. It's popular with those who seek to stuff a V8 into an economy body, creating an instant hot rod without major money to create. They are loving referred to as "Box Nova's."

Fun fact: An urban legend claims that the vehicle sold poorly in Spanish-speaking countries because its name, spaced no va, literally translates to "it doesn't work". This has since been debunked.

( 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Sport Coupe photo from barrett-jackson.com )