1979 Chevrolet Nova

The 1979 Chevrolet Nova Coupe, part of the 1979 Chevrolet Nova line.
The 1979 Chevrolet Nova marked the end of Nova
as a rear-wheel-drive model.

The 1979 Chevrolet Nova was the end of the line for the rear-wheel-drive Nova. Fewer than 98,000 examples were produced.

Chevrolet's compact models were headed into the front-wheel-drive age and for 1980, Nova's place in the lineup would be taken over by the new and ver different Chevy Citation.

Production of the 1979 Chevrolet Nova officially ended in November 1978. The last of the breed could be ordered with an inline 250-cubic-inch six or a two-barrel 305-cubic-inch V-8. A 350-cubic-inch V-8 was also available in California and high-altitude locales. Both V-8s got a new Exhaust Gas Recirculation system.

The 1979 Chevrolet Nova lineup was the same as in 1978: base-level hatchback, coupe, and sedan, plus the Custom coupe and sedan. As usual, base coupe and sedan proved to be the best sellers.

Nova Customs had a special acoustical package including improved headlining and full hood insulation, along with other luxury extras.

These final Novas were promoted for their "solid value" and "reputation for dependability," capitalizing upon a 17-year heritage that had begun with the Chevy II.

For their last fling, a modified horizontal-bar grille contained vertical parking lights. New chromed hood and fender moldings were installed, and new front-bumper filler panels gave the front end a more finished look.

1979 Chevrolet Nova Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Nova
3,135-3,394
$4,055-$4,499
97,721

The 1979 Chevrolet Nova Custom 4-door, part of the 1979 Chevrolet Nova line.
Sedans were the top-selling body style for the 1979 Nova.
This is a Custom model.

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