1973 Chevrolet Nova

The 1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback Coupe, part of the 1973 Chevrolet Nova line.
The 1973 Chevrolet Nova got bigger bumpers
to meet new federal rules.

The 1973 Chevrolet Nova gained a hatchback two-door model and a revised nose. The facelift was thanks in part to the federal government's newly mandated five-mph front and rear bumpers.

To go along with the bigger bumpers, stylists gave the 1973 Chevrolet Nova a new grille with a loosely patterned crosshatch insert and parking lights located inboard of the headlights.

Wheelbase was unchanged, but the car's total length grew a bit because of the new bumpers. The 1973 Chevrolet Novas also weighed about 100 pounds more than their 1972 counterparts.

An SS option remained available, but it was just a $123 dress-up package that included a blackout grille and Rally wheels. It could be ordered with any of the Nova engines. Interestingly, 35,542 SS packages were installed, making 1973 the best-selling year for that option group.

Engines started with the standard 100-horsepower 250-cubic-inch six. A 115-horsepower 307-cubic-inch V-8 was available, as were 145- and 175-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8s.

The hatcback was available only on the two-door model and included a large hinged panel that included the rear window and extending to just above the taillamps. A dressy Custom series joined the Nova line and a Custom hatchback listed for $2,701 with a six-cylinder engine. That was $173 more than the six-cylinder base-model two-door hatchback. Air conditioning added $381.

Every 1973 Chevrolet Nova got side guard door beams and additional sound insulation, as well as flow-through ventilation systems. Rear springs switched to multiple leaves. A sunroof could be installed, and fold-down rear seats were available.

1973 Chevrolet Nova Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Nova
3,274-3,033
$2,377-$2,792
369,509

The 1973 Chevrolet Nova Custom Sedan, part of the 1973 Chevrolet Nova line.
The outline of the hatch opening on the
new Nova hatchback is visible in this view.

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