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Chevrolet Nova

1986 Chevrolet Nova

1986 Chevrolet Nova 4-door Notchback, part of the 1986 Chevrolet Nova line.
The 1986 Chevrolet Nova kicked off
Nova's resurrection as a front-drive car.

The 1986 Chevrolet Nova was introduced in June of 1985 as a front-wheel-drive subcompact car. It resurrecting a name last used on the compact-class rear-drive 1979 Chevrolet Nova.

The 1986 Chevrolet Nova was built at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. The 1986 Chevrolet Nova was build from the same design as Toyota's Corolla but carried slightly different styling.

The 1986 Chevrolet Nova was initially offered only in a four-door sedan body style. A five-door hatchback was added shortly after introduction. The only engine was a carbureted 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 74-horsepower. It teamed with either a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. This was the same powertrain offered in the Corolla.

The 1986 Chevrolet Nova four-door sedan listed for $7,435, a rather stiff tariff by Chevrolet standards. The five-door, which added a split-folding rear seat, started at $7,669. Corresponding Corollas cost a couple hundred dollars less.

All Nova options were grouped into seven packages, which did away with the long list of optional equipment that accompanied such cars as the Chevrolet Chevette. (Simple though it was, the subcompact Chevette offered nearly 30 options). However, adding one of the costlier packages could easily push the Nova's sticker to over $10,000.

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The 1986 Chevrolet Nova 4-door hatchback, part of the 1986 Chevrolet Nova line.
The 1986 Chevrolet Nova lineup
included a sedan and this five-door hatchback.

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