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Chevrolet Nova

1977 Chevrolet Nova

The 1977 Chevrolet Nova Concours, part of the 1977 Chevrolet Nova line.
The Concours model accounted for
75,000 of 365,264 Novas Chevy sold for 1977.

The 1977 Chevrolet Nova marketing department wanted to set the posh Nova Concours model apart from lower-rent Novas. So Chevrolet issued a separate Concours sales brochure with pictures and text that bespoke elegance.

Styling touches differed between the Concours and other Novas. The Concours had finer-mesh grille and sported a stylish stand-up hood ornament, newly designed wheel covers, and wider bright wheel-opening moldings.

"International in style, it is American in function," the sales brochure insisted of the Concours. It went on to note that Concours offered a "very special blending of classic style and good sense."

That last referenced Nova's sensible size. Novas themselves, the marketing materials said, were "not too small, not too big, not too expensive."

Three engines and four transmissions were available for every 1977 Chevrolet Nova, including Concours. Buyers could pick a 110-horsepower 250-cubic-inch inline six, 145-horsepower 305 two-barrel V-8, or 170-horsepower 350 four-barrel V-8.

Shifting was accomplished by three-speed (column or floor shift) and four-speed manuals or Turbo Hydra-Matic.

Novas might also be equipped with a heavy-duty suspension or the F41 sport suspension. A surprising number of police departments ordered Novas with either a 305- or 350-cubic-inch V-8 engine, following the lead of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, which had given the compacts an exhaustive evaluation.

1977 Chevrolet Nova Facts

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The 1977 Chevrolet Nova Concours.
The 1977 Chevrolet Nova sedan was
the quintessential mainstream American car.

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