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NOVA - Chevrolet Chevy II / Nova - Netflix
The Chevrolet Chevy II/Nova was a small automobile manufactured by Chevrolet, and produced in five generations for the 1962 through 1979, and 1985 through 1988 model years. Nova was the top model in the Chevy II lineup through 1968. The Chevy II nameplate was dropped, Nova becoming the nameplate for the 1969 through 1979 models. Built on the X-body platform, the Nova was replaced by the 1980 Chevrolet Citation introduced in the spring of 1979. The Nova nameplate returned in 1985, produced through 1988 as a NUMMI manufactured, subcompact based on the front wheel drive, Japan home-based Toyota Sprinter.
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The reaction to the 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II was mainly positive. Veteran Mechanics Illustrated tester Tom McCahill was favorably impressed with a Chevy II 400 Series Nova convertible he drove at a press preview for Chevy's 1962 models, held at GM's Milford, Michigan, test track. “Flat out, which with Powerglide was 91 mph, this little car never wavered and even over some rough strips it was one of the safest feeling 91's I have ever driven.” The styling reminded “Uncle” Tom of a “small Mercedes-Benz”, and he concluded that “with a little hopping up, a stick shift and its low price, it should sell like cold beer on a hot Fourth of July.” Car Life was even more enthusiastic, honoring the Chevy II with its “Award for Engineering Excellence”. “We think the Chevy II, in either 4- or 6-cylinder form, represents an important development in the American automotive field,” reported the magazine. “We think it represents a return to sensibility in terms of basic transportation; it is a car of reasonable size, adequate performance and simple elegance.” The award was mentioned in a 1962 Chevrolet Nova advertisement. (see right) Consumer Reports described the six-cylinder Chevy II as an “ultra-sensible, conventional car with outstanding interior space,” but also reported “higher than average” interior noise levels. There were also complaints about the four-cylinder version's lack of refinement. “CR hesitates to recommend the Four for normal use. The Four is an excellent hackabout for specialized local use – if you can stand the vibration.” McCahill put it this way: “The four wasn't the smoothest four I have ever driven, but it had nice response and will probably still be running long after Castro shaves his beard off.” Consumer Reports in 1963: “New last year, the Chevy II has not yet developed into a smooth-riding, quiet, or in any sense luxurious car. It is an easy driving, agile one. By far its most important asset is a body with substantially the room of intermediate cars, but with a very compact silhouette and especially good entrance height.” Motor Trend called the new Chevy II “a most straightforward car – simple, honest and conventional.” Editor Jerry Titus was fascinated with the new rear single-leaf suspension: “How it actually works seems almost contradictory. There is a great deal of body roll, but the car does not feel unstable. The ride is soft and pleasing, but not seasick-soft with the constant pitching and rolling that some cars have.” Interior room, steering, and brakes were commended. Performance was rated as “moderate” for a six-cylinder Nova convertible with Powerglide: 0-60 came up “a shade under 16 seconds,” and the top speed was reported to be 98 mph, but Titus felt that “the car seems at its best below 75, where it did not feel as though it was working hard.” The four, meanwhile, took 20 seconds to make it from 0 to 60 mph. In comparison, a 1960 90 bhp Falcon with stick shift took 21 seconds 0 to 60, also according to Motor Trend, while the 101 bhp six introduced for 1961 required 14.3 seconds with stick and 15.2 with the two-speed Fordomatic. Motor Trend tested a 1964 195-bhp, two-barrel SS with Powerglide, recording 0 to 60 in 11.3 seconds, 18.0 seconds and 75 mph in the quarter-mile, and 100 mph all out. Fuel economy ranged from 12.3 mpg in heavy traffic to 19.6 on the highway. Motor Trend concluded that “By adding a V-8 and bigger brakes, plus detail changes, Chevrolet has made a nice compact even more desirable and a much better performer.” Through the mid-1980s the Nova had lost all its former “Muscle” glory that it once had.
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