The 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II was the
base-level companion to the Chevrolet Nova.
Despite its technical innovations, the Corvair simply lacked the kind of universal appeal needed for high-volume production. No, what Chevrolet needed was a new -- but not really different -- type of car, a down-to-basics vehicle to compete in the quickly growing compact league.
The rush to production resulted in the boxy in silhouette but adequately pleasing Chevy II -- a sure bet not to offend or fluster anyone. Providing basic transportation and modestly billed as "the thrift car," Chevy II nevertheless pledged "no-nonsense styling [that] will catch glances years away from the showroom."
Ads lauded the "frisky, family sized Chevy II," aiming to blend "luxury and low price." Three trim levels went on sale: basic 100, mid-range 300, and posher Nova 400, topped by a Sport Coupe and convertible. The lineup also included sedans and station wagons in each series.
A Chevy II could have a 90-horsepower, 153-cubic-inch Super-Thrift four-cylinder engine or a 120-horsepower, 194-cubic-inch six (the latter standard on Novas). This was Chevy's first four-cylinder powerplant since 1928. Anyone who didn't want to operate a column-shift three-speed gearbox could select two-speed Powerglide instead.
Standard on the 1962 Chevy Nova was
this 120-horsepower 194-cubic-inch six.
No other GM cars shared the integral body/frame construction with a separate front sub-frame. Single-leaf rear springs claimed to eliminate the "inherent harshness" of customary multi-leaf springs. Front bucket seats were available in the two-door Nova 400 -- a harbinger of things to come in the mid-Sixties. Model-year output totaled some 406,500 cars, including an impressive 23,741 convertibles.
1962 Chevrolet Chevy II and Nova Facts
| Model|| Weight range (lbs.)|| Price range (new)|| Number built|
| Chevy II 100|| 2,410-2,755|| $2,033-$2,399||47,000 (approx.)|
|Chevy II 300||2,425-2,855||$2,084-$2,577||92,800 (approx.)|
|Chevy II Nova 400, I6||2,540-2,775||$2,198-$2,497||266,721 (approx.)|
This Nova 400 was the only convertible
offered in the 1962 Chevy II line.
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