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Chevrolet Nova

1970 Chevrolet Nova

1970 Chevrolet Nova SS, part of the 1970 Chevrolet Nova line.
The 1970 Chevrolet Nova lineup
started with a $2,335 four-cylinder two door.

The 1970 Chevrolet Nova continued as the entry-level Chevrolet and was little changed in appearance compared to the 1969 version. The one distinction was a new egg crate-patterned grille.

Like the 1969 model, the 1970 Chevrolet Nova was offered only as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan.

Basic Novas had a 90-horsepower 153-cubic-inch four-cylinder engine, a new 155-horsepower 250-cubic-inch six, or a popular 200-horsepower 307-cubic-inch V-8.

High-performance fans could take advantage of Nova's relatively light weight and the availability of the Super Sport package. It came with a 300-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8 or the "big-block" 396.

Actually, the 396 V-8 displaced 402-cubic-inches for 1970 thanks to a slight increase in bore diameter, but Chevrolet stuck with the familiar "396" designation. Hot Novas were therefore named SS 350 and SS 396 and were offered only with a four-speed manual gearbox or floor-shifted Turbo Hydra-Matic.

The SS 396 could be ordered in 350- or 375-horsepower tune. Nova SS models had a special hood with simulated air intakes, blackout grille and rear panel, and wide-oval tires on seven-inch wheels.

A Custom Exterior package for lesser Novas cost $98, while a vinyl top added $84. Out of 254,242 Novas sold for 1970, 19,558 were the SS 350 or SS 396 version.

1970 Chevrolet Nova Facts

Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
254,242 (approx.)

The 1970 Chevrolet Nova Coupe, part of the 1970 Chevrolet Nova line.
A new egg crate grille pattern distinguished
the 1970 Nova from the 1969 model.

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