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AJ's Car of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport ( SS 396 )

Car: Chevrolet Nova Super Sport ( SS 396 )

Year: 1970

What makes it special: Although it was basically a carryover from 1969, 1970 marked the final year for the Nova SS 396 V8. In actuality, the engine was by this point a 402 cu. in. V8.

What made it famous:  For 1970, optional engines included two versions of the big-block 396 cu in V8: one rated at 350 hp, and a 375 hp version. Both offered with a choice of transmissions including the M-21 close-ratio 4-speed manual, the heavy-duty M-22 "Rock Crusher" 4-speed, or the 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission.

Why I would want one: The Nova is one of the few car models that I have never owned. Plus, given the fact that its body was light enough to accept everything under the hood from a seldom ordered 153 cu in inline 4-cylinder engine to a 396 V8, it has to be quite a performer with a big-block.

Fun fact: The car finally became just the Chevrolet Nova for 1970 after two years of transitional nameplates (Chevy II Nova in 1968 and Chevrolet Chevy Nova in 1969). It was one of the smallest muscle cars ever fielded by Detroit. The Nova model sported the SS badge until 1972.

 

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AJ's Car of the Day: 1965 American Motors Corporation (AMC) Rambler Marlin

Car: American Motors Corporation ( AMC ) Rambler Marlin

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The 1965 first year AMC Rambler Marlin was the new addition to the "Sensible Spectaculars" model line, a sporty fastback that was also roomy and comfortable with V8 performance.

What made it famous: The four-seater Fastback's Pillar-less Hardtop roof design coupled with it's 270 hp performance 327 V8, and "Flash-O-Matic automatic transmission with a "Twin-Stick" console.

Why I would want one: This slick mid-60's Fastback is pleasing to the eye, and rare. 1965 was the only year of the AMC Rambler Marlin. In 1966, the Rambler name was dropped to become simply the AMC Marlin.

Fun fact: The roof was cut off a 1966 Marlin for the Florida Marlins baseball team based in Miami Gardens, Florida.  The car was used in parades and on-field ceremonies at Dolphins Stadium and transported the team's mascot "Billy the Marlin" for the fans to see during the ball club's 1997 world championship season.

Driven by Connecticut International Auto Show

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AJ's Car of the Day: 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 "Aeroback" Salon

Car: Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 "Aeroback" Salon

Year: 1978

What makes it special: In 1978 and '79,  the 442 was an option package on the semi-fastback "Aeroback" Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon, which was the low budget version of the Cutlass model.

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