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Chevrolet Nova

1972 Chevrolet Nova

The 1972 Chevrolet Nova 2-door coupe, part of the 1972 Chevrolet Nova line.
The 1972 Chevrolet Nova sold well
despite being virtually unchanged from 1971.

The 1972 Chevrolet Nova could be distinguished from its 1971 counterpart only by an expert -- and that person couldn't really be sure. The cloth-and-vinyl interior differed a bit, but from the outside, most examples of the 1972 Chevrolet Nova were identical to 1971 models.

An exception would be a 1972 Chevrolet Nova equipped with the new Skyroof option. This was a folding soft sunroof available in six colors and was installed in 6,268 coupes. The Rally Sport option with special suspension returned and was a rather popular choice, with 33,319 sold.

Super Sport equipment went on 12,309 coupes, some of which also had the Rally package. Nova production moved to Norwood, Ohio, where it would be assembled alongside the Camaro.

A 250-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine remained standard, with only two other choices available: the 130-horsepower 307-cubic-inch V-8 or 165-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8. Coupes started at $2,351 with the six-cylinder engine, while four-door sedans commanded $28 more.

A Custom Decor group included full-length rocker panel and bodyside moldings, as well as bright window or drip rail moldings. Air conditioning cost an extra $381, and a vinyl roof went for $87.

Despite the lack of change, Nova had its best sales season in year, with production of the 1972 models reaching 349,733. Of these, 139,769 had the six-cylinder engine.

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1972 Chevrolet Nova 2-door Coupe, part of the 1972 Chevrolet Nova line.
Top engine for the 1972 Chevy Nova was
the 165-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8.

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