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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

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Car: Chevrolet Chevy II Nova

Year: 1965

What makes it special: The 1965 Chevrolet Chevy II  Nova was updated with a cleaner front-end styling courtesy of a fresh full-width grille with integrated single headlights. Parking lights moved down to the deep-section bumper, and sedans gained a new roofline. Taillight and backup lights were restyled, as was the rear cove. Also, for 1965, engine choice lineup was expanded to give customers six power choices.

What made it famous: The engine choices ran the gamut of the mild-mannered 90 hp Super-Thrift inline four-cylinder, 120-horsepower Hi-Thrift inline six-cylinder, 140 hp inline six and 195 hp, 283 cu in V8. Midyear also brought a more potent 283 with dual exhausts and 220 horsepower. At the top-of-the-heap were the optional pair of Turbo-Fire 327 cu in V8's that churned out 250 or 300 horsepower. Not too shabby for a smaller sized car.

Why I would want one: I love the "Box Novas." They have always made awesome street machines without laying out too much cash to do so.

Fun fact: Urban legend had claimed that the Chevrolet Nova had poor sales in Spanish-speaking countries because its name, spaced no va, literally translates to "it doesn't work". This has since been debunked.

( 1965 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova photo from classiccars.com )

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