1973 Chevrolet Nova

The original, first generation Chevy II / Nova's rested on a 110 inch wheelbase and had a length of 183 inches. The third generation (1968-1974) measured 111-inches for the wheelbase and had a length of 189.4 inches. The long hood housed four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines. After 1970, only the six and eight remained. These were intended as 'economy cars' and for 1973 carried a base price of $2,375 for the 2-door coupe. The sedan listed for $2,400. Standard and Custom trim levels were available. The Nova Custom added nicer appointments and more luxurious amenities. Body styles for both the base and Custom levels included a sedan, coupe, and a hatchback. The hatchback coupe had a counter-balanced panel that could be easily lifted to allow access to the rear compartment.

The base engine was a 250 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine rated at 100 horsepower. The standard V8 was a 307 cubic-inch unit offering 115 horsepower.

In the front was a new grille design that featured built-in parking lights. The Nova nameplate could be found on the left side of the grille. In the back were rectangular taillight treatments. A larger and safer bumper was installed in both the front and the back.

Several options were available including a vinyl top, air conditioning, power brakes, skyroof, and the Nova Super Sport package. A three-speed manual transmission was standard in all six-cylinder models. An automatic was standard in the V8s. A four-speed manual with floor shift controls was optional.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2014

Related Reading : Chevrolet Nova History

In December of 1959 Chevrolet began creating a vehicle code-named the H-35. The design was to fall between the Chevrolets compact and full-size vehicles. Also known as the Chevy II, the vehicle was to be an economical vehicle with power coming from either a four or six cylinder engine. When the Nova was introduced at the 29th of September in 1961, the vehicle could be purchased with a 153 cubic-inch....
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Advertised as not to small, not too big, not too expensive, the Chevy Nova was produced for over two decades and earned its way proudly into the American drivers heart and was a personal favorite for law enforcement officers in 48 states at one time. Debuting in 1961 as a 1962 model, the popular Nova was launched as the top model in the Chevy II lineup through 1968. A compact car, the Nova gave....
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1973 Nova
$2,700-$52,000
1973 Chevrolet Nova Price Range: $2,375 - $2,700

$2,780 - $3,270
$3,750 - $4,235

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)2,375,436
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)2,543,153
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)2,103,862
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,755,773
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)2,333,839
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)2,579,509
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)2,420,564
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)1,830,319
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)1,451,305
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)2,092,947
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)2,139,290

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