1974 Chevrolet Nova

The 1974 Chevrolet Nova 4-door Sedan, part of the 1974 Chevrolet Nova line.
A 1974 Chevrolet Nova sedan was a
smart buy during the first gas shortages.

The 1974 Chevrolet Nova got a new promotional bent that echoed Volkswagen's approach in pitching the Beetle's lack of change as a virtue.

Instead of focusing on any alterations, the 1974 Chevrolet Nova sales brochure explained that, "we've been building essentially the same car since 1968. We think we've got it down pat."

Evidently they did, as Nova sales continued the surge they had enjoyed since 1972 and approached 400,000 cars for 1974. Six-cylinder Novas were the fastest gainers, as sales of V-8 Novas declined.

These were the years of the first energy crisis as Middle Eastern countries cut back on oil exports. After waiting for hours in gas lines and fretting about the prospect of fuel rationing, thrifty compacts looked pretty good to plenty of Americans. Nova fit the bill.

The 1974 Chevrolet Nova got larger parking lights and new bow-tie grille emblems, as well as modified bumpers that added two inches to length and helped cushion minor impacts.

Nova SS hatchbacks and notchbacks could have either a 100-horsepower six-cylinder engine or a 350-cubic-inch V-8 of 145 or 185 horsepower. Steel-belted radial tires became available for the first time. Ordering the 185-horsepower V-8 brought a Muncie four-speed floor-shift with improved linkage.

A limited-edition "Spirit of America" series debuted; it was painted white and had red and blue accent stripes.

1974 Chevrolet Nova Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Nova
3,150-3,437
$2,811-$3,217
390,537

The 1974 Nova Spirit of America, part of the 1974 Chevrolet Nova line.
In Spirit of America livery, the 1974 Nova
was a red, white, and blue wonder.

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