AJ’s Car of the Day: 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Super-Sport Hardtop

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Super-Sport Hardtop

Car: Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Super-Sport Hardtop
Year: 1966
What makes it special: For Chevrolet’s 1966 model year, the Chevy II was given a restyle with sharp edges based on their Super Nova concept. The car now featured a more bold grille and a semi-fastback style roofline, giving the car a more sporty look. It also was given humped fenders much like the larger Chevrolet offerings of that year. It sported vertical taillights and single¬†headlights. The line-up began with the Chevy II 100 and Chevy II Nova 400. For extra money, Chevy II 400 Nova buyers could get a Nova Super-Sport.
What made it famous: In Sport Coupe only, the Super-Sport was the top of the line for the Nova. Although the 194 cu in inline-6 was a Super-Sport standard engine, any Chevy II powerplant could be had in a Super-Sport. Super-Sports, or just “SS” for short, were known for wide rocker panels and a bright aluminum rear deck lid cove trim. There was an SS emblem featured on the grille and ribbed rear panels, and Super-Sport script on its rear quarter panels. The SS got its wheel covers from the 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS. Strato-bucket seats were included, but the tachometer was an extra cost.
Why I would want one: Of all the Nova’s in all model years, the 1966 and 1967 are my absolute favorite.
Fun fact: Chevrolet’s 1966 sales brochure promoted the Super-Sport as the “Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Super-Sport, but the “Nova” name did not appear anywhere on the car’s body.

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