The Truth About Cars » nova http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 04 May 2016 18:30:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Junkyard Find: 1986 Chevrolet Nova Sedan, Wisconsin Rust Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/junkyard-find-1986-chevrolet-nova-sedan-wisconsin-rust-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/junkyard-find-1986-chevrolet-nova-sedan-wisconsin-rust-edition/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1151025 Every summer, I go to Wisconsin to stay in a cabin on Lake Michigan owned by my wife’s family. Mostly I’m rendered too immobile by excessive cheese curd and cured-meat consumption to do much junkyard exploring, but this trip I managed to hit Green Bay to check out a self-service yard full of very rusty […]

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Every summer, I go to Wisconsin to stay in a cabin on Lake Michigan owned by my wife’s family. Mostly I’m rendered too immobile by excessive cheese curd and cured-meat consumption to do much junkyard exploring, but this trip I managed to hit Green Bay to check out a self-service yard full of very rusty […]

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Junkyard Find: 1976 Chevrolet Nova http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-nova/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/junkyard-find-1976-chevrolet-nova/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1085809 I see many Corolla-based, NUMMI-built Novas in my junkyard travels, but the earlier rear-wheel-drive X-body Nova has become a fairly rare sight in self-service wrecking yards during the last decade or so. Other than a handful of factory-performance versions, 1970s Novas were disposable, cheap transportation appliances, and so the ones that haven’t been crushed by […]

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I see many Corolla-based, NUMMI-built Novas in my junkyard travels, but the earlier rear-wheel-drive X-body Nova has become a fairly rare sight in self-service wrecking yards during the last decade or so. Other than a handful of factory-performance versions, 1970s Novas were disposable, cheap transportation appliances, and so the ones that haven’t been crushed by […]

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Junkyard Find: 1988 Chevrolet Nova Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1988-chevrolet-nova-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/junkyard-find-1988-chevrolet-nova-sedan/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1037009 For reasons that trolly shouters on both extremes of the American politico-socio-automotive spectrum know to be the truth, the exact same workers at the Fremont Assembly plant who couldn’t hammer together a decent-quality Buick Regal or GMC C/K— no matter how many Mickey’s Big Mouths they guzzled in some South Hayward parking lot before their […]

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For reasons that trolly shouters on both extremes of the American politico-socio-automotive spectrum know to be the truth, the exact same workers at the Fremont Assembly plant who couldn’t hammer together a decent-quality Buick Regal or GMC C/K— no matter how many Mickey’s Big Mouths they guzzled in some South Hayward parking lot before their […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Nova Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/junkyard-find-1977-chevrolet-nova-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/junkyard-find-1977-chevrolet-nova-coupe/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=950249 The fourth-generation Chevrolet Nova sold in huge numbers, wasn’t a bad car by the standards of its time, and stayed on the street in significant quantities well into the 1990s. However, the Malaise Era Nova just never gathered much of an enthusiast following compared to its predecessors— if you want to restore a Nova these […]

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The fourth-generation Chevrolet Nova sold in huge numbers, wasn’t a bad car by the standards of its time, and stayed on the street in significant quantities well into the 1990s. However, the Malaise Era Nova just never gathered much of an enthusiast following compared to its predecessors— if you want to restore a Nova these […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Cadillac Seville Elegante http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/junkyard-find-1978-cadillac-seville-elegante/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/junkyard-find-1978-cadillac-seville-elegante/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=920513 As Aaron Severson explains in great detail in his excellent Ate Up With Motor piece, the 1976-1979 Cadillac Seville (which was essentially a Chevy Nova under the skin), accelerated the long decline of the Cadillac Division that continued with the Cavalier-based Cimarron and didn’t really turn around until Cadillac started building trucks for rappers and […]

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As Aaron Severson explains in great detail in his excellent Ate Up With Motor piece, the 1976-1979 Cadillac Seville (which was essentially a Chevy Nova under the skin), accelerated the long decline of the Cadillac Division that continued with the Cavalier-based Cimarron and didn’t really turn around until Cadillac started building trucks for rappers and […]

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A Testament To The Urealized Dreams Of My Youth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/a-testament-to-the-urealized-dreams-of-my-youth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/a-testament-to-the-urealized-dreams-of-my-youth/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=739513 According to the clock, it would still be more than an hour before the sun slipped over the Western horizon and sank into the Pacific, but from my place behind the wheel of my 74 Nova beneath the leaden November skies and running through the steady drizzle, the dark of night was already beginning to […]

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According to the clock, it would still be more than an hour before the sun slipped over the Western horizon and sank into the Pacific, but from my place behind the wheel of my 74 Nova beneath the leaden November skies and running through the steady drizzle, the dark of night was already beginning to […]

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American Graffiti – X http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/american-graffiti-x/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/american-graffiti-x/#comments Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=679594 Way back in 1973, a relatively young and inexperienced director by the name of George Lucas made a movie that starred a whole bunch of nobodies. Called “American Graffiti,” it turned out to be the little movie that could. Co-Produced by Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz for just $775,000, it went on to become […]

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Way back in 1973, a relatively young and inexperienced director by the name of George Lucas made a movie that starred a whole bunch of nobodies. Called “American Graffiti,” it turned out to be the little movie that could. Co-Produced by Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Kurtz for just $775,000, it went on to become […]

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One last summer in the sun: The final days of a Chevy Nova http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/one-last-summer-in-the-sun-the-final-days-of-a-chevy-nova/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/one-last-summer-in-the-sun-the-final-days-of-a-chevy-nova/#comments Sat, 09 Mar 2013 17:21:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480274 The forest green 1969 Nova sat unwashed and unloved at the side of the modest house. I studied it from the side of the road with the eye of an experienced hunter and I recognized the signs. Shunted off to the side while two more modern cars sat in the driveway, it was obvious that […]

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The forest green 1969 Nova sat unwashed and unloved at the side of the modest house. I studied it from the side of the road with the eye of an experienced hunter and I recognized the signs. Shunted off to the side while two more modern cars sat in the driveway, it was obvious that […]

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My Role In The Extinction Of The American Muscle Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/my-role-in-the-extinction-of-the-american-muscle-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/my-role-in-the-extinction-of-the-american-muscle-car/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:02:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477966     A few weeks a go I had the opportunity to watch part of the Barrett Jackson auction. I found myself captivated by the colorful commentary that went along with each sale. Every car had a story and the commentators spent a great deal of time telling us about them. They also discussed the […]

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    A few weeks a go I had the opportunity to watch part of the Barrett Jackson auction. I found myself captivated by the colorful commentary that went along with each sale. Every car had a story and the commentators spent a great deal of time telling us about them. They also discussed the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Chevrolet Nova Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/junkyard-find-1987-chevrolet-nova-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/junkyard-find-1987-chevrolet-nova-sedan/#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450426 The fifth-gen Chevy Nova was built at California’s NUMMI plant for the 1985 through 1988 model years, prior to becoming the Geo and then the Chevrolet Prizm. The Nova was really a rebadged AE82 Corolla, and so most of them managed to survive into the turn of the 21st century. By now, however, a NUMMI […]

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The fifth-gen Chevy Nova was built at California’s NUMMI plant for the 1985 through 1988 model years, prior to becoming the Geo and then the Chevrolet Prizm. The Nova was really a rebadged AE82 Corolla, and so most of them managed to survive into the turn of the 21st century. By now, however, a NUMMI […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Chevrolet Nova http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1987-chevrolet-nova/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-find-1987-chevrolet-nova/#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431899 When the GM Fremont Assembly plant took on Toyota managers and became NUMMI in 1984, the same supposedly inept lineworkers who hammered together sub-par Buick Apollos suddenly started building Corollas that were at least as well-made as the ones made by their Japanese counterparts (you are free to draw your own conclusions about GM management […]

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When the GM Fremont Assembly plant took on Toyota managers and became NUMMI in 1984, the same supposedly inept lineworkers who hammered together sub-par Buick Apollos suddenly started building Corollas that were at least as well-made as the ones made by their Japanese counterparts (you are free to draw your own conclusions about GM management […]

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Junkyard Find: 1973 Chevrolet Nova Hatchback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/junkyard-find-1973-chevrolet-nova-hatchback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/junkyard-find-1973-chevrolet-nova-hatchback/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402295 Remember the early Nova hatchbacks? They didn’t sell very well, probably because the hatch cost $150 more ($810 in 2011 dollars) than the Nova coupe with a traditional trunk. I can’t remember the last time I saw one, and I wouldn’t have noticed this one in my local self-service yard, had it not been for […]

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Remember the early Nova hatchbacks? They didn’t sell very well, probably because the hatch cost $150 more ($810 in 2011 dollars) than the Nova coupe with a traditional trunk. I can’t remember the last time I saw one, and I wouldn’t have noticed this one in my local self-service yard, had it not been for […]

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Curbside Classic: 1976 Chevrolet Nova Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/curbside-classic-1976-chevrolet-nova-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/curbside-classic-1976-chevrolet-nova-coupe/#comments Wed, 17 Mar 2010 19:11:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349183 [Note: this car does not have the original rectangular taillights. Someone mounted some sixties round lights in an attempt to confuse our readers, at least some of them] In our recent visit to 1976, we virtually pitted the Accord against the Malibu. One garnered the title of “The Most influential Modern Car in America”, the […]

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[Note: this car does not have the original rectangular taillights. Someone mounted some sixties round lights in an attempt to confuse our readers, at least some of them] In our recent visit to 1976, we virtually pitted the Accord against the Malibu. One garnered the title of “The Most influential Modern Car in America”, the […]

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