The 1971 Chevrolet Nova wasn’t extensively modified and was generally the same except for the discarded simulated fender vents. The 396 Chevrolet Nova engine was dropped as the top engine option, leaving just the 350CID for individuals seeking high performance.
1971 Chevrolet Nova review
The 1971 Chevrolet Nova was obtained as a 4-door sedan and a 2-door coupe with a price tag of $2,175 for the coupe and $2,200 for the sedan. The Nova was obtainable with either six- or eight-cylinder engines and the Nova Four were no longer in production. The 250 cubic-inch six or the 307 cubic-inch V8 were the available standard engines.
The 1971 Chevy Rally Nova option known as the RPO-YF1 was produced in 1971 and featured full race stripes that ran the whole length of the car, sport mirrors, Rally Nova sticker, special striping, and a blacked-out grille. This option bundle was mostly aesthetics, having the appearance of a muscle car, but devoid of the capabilities to support it. This was an accepted option among buyers who craved the facade of a muscle car exclusive of the insurance issues generally fond of them and a total of 7,700 cars were sold. All engines of every Nova make revealed lower compression because they had to run on unleaded fuel.
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1971 Nova specs
The 1971 Chevrolet Nova specs were devoid of the common big block 402-cubic-inch V8 engine. The installed 350-cubic-inch V8 engine was capable of giving 270-horsepower, a remarkable number, but not in contrast to the higher 400-horsepower the Nova was known to be capable of producing a few years back. Just like the horsepower, sales of the Nova continued to drop.
Minor alterations were made to the grille, and a perpendicular molding was added to the front fender corner trim panels, also new amber plastic parking lamp lenses were added.
Other standard components included ignition key alarm system, foot-operated brakes, anti-theft steering wheel column lock, and heater, front armrests and defroster.
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1971 Nova SS
With a Q-jet injection 350 as its drive mode, a 1971 Nova SS could tick off low 15 second timing in 89 mph. With minimal standard hop-up measures, the 1971 SS Nova could actually deliver on its performance guarantee and the ET could decline to mid 14’s at a rate of over 94 mph without giving up on consistency or increasing the compression over its standard 8.5:1 ratio. The availability of transmission for the 1971 SS Nova was rather limited; a choice had to be made on either the Turbo 350 automatic or the wide-ratio four-speed.
The 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS specs included a 270-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8 engine, sport suspension, E70x14 tires, and suitable SS badging. Although, disc brakes continued to be a component of the SS package, the vented rally wheels that came with them were likewise consigned to the optional category.
Predictably, sales of the sporty Nova declined extensively in 1971. A total of just 7,015 Super Sport Novas was built in the model year, an astounding decline from 19,558 Nova SS sales the previous year.
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Luckily, like the Nova line in general, sales picked up the following year, and ended up attaining an all-time high by 1973.