The 1969 Chevrolet Nova is a compact vehicle built by Chevrolet, and manufactured over five generations. It remained much of the same for 1969 by carrying over most of the 1968 design which was part of the third generation.
1969 Chevy Nova review
The Chevrolet Nova was the crown model in the Chevy II array through 1968. While the exhilarating news for Nova enthusiasts and performance lovers was the extremely limited Yenko Nova 427 whose engines were not factory fitted and just 37 of them were manufactured in 1969.
Excluding the Nova SS, there was also the 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan. The other cars in the Nova line-up also had a broad range of engine varieties and trim options to select from. There were just in excess of 6,000 Novas that included the four-cylinder model built in 1969.
Aside from the 4-cylinder models, though, sales were on the rise that year. Production quota increased just about 70,000 units from 1968 to 1969, and overall, 251,849 Novas was manufactured.
1969 Chevrolet Nova specs
The 1969 Chevy Nova engine was the 153 cu. In. (2.51 L) 4-cylinder. The Nova was 111-inch longer at the wheelbase giving Chevy’s compact bodywork that was barely one inch shorter than the one of the mid-sized Chevelle coupe. Halfway through the year a low-priced option of a semi-automatic transmission founded on the Powerglide known as the Torque-Drive was obtainable.
It was solely available on the 4- and 6-cylinder engines. An extra new alternative was the Turbo Hydra-Matic. Other Options integrated were power brakes, power steering, rear shoulder belts, Four-Season or Comfort-Car air conditioning and head straps. Engines varied from a 90-horsepower 4-cylinder to a 230 CID inline six that gave out 140-horsepower or a 307 CID V8 that was ranked at 200HP.
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1969 Chevy Nova SS review
Different from the base Nova models, the 1969 Nova SS was only obtainable in a sports coupe option. While sales of the Nova SS 1969 had dropped the year before, many buyers were once more vying for the sportier version. The standard SS option with the 350 CID V8, which had a price tag of an extra $280 added to the base price of just over $2200 for the Nova coupe. Total 1969 SS Nova manufactured were 17,654 units.
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1969 Chevrolet Nova SS specs
The 1969 SS Nova now had a 295HP (220 kW) 350 cu. In. (5.7 l) V8 engine together with a durable suspension and erstwhile performance components. The 1969 SS Novas were the first to have a standard front disc brake installed and also had a unique suspension, F70x14s tires, red stripe and power front disc brakes.
In 1969, the sum of 5,262 Nova SS 1969 was manufactured with the 375HP 396 with a further 1,947 with the 350HP 396 engine. Both engines were available with any preference of transmissions such as the M-21 close-ratio 4-speed manual, the heavy-duty M-22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed manual, or the 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission. There was also a custom 1969 Chevrolet Nova Yenko with 427 cubic inch engine available.
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Muscle cars were the rave, and mid-size muscle cars were the frenzy. This affected Nova’s appearance as a muscle car, a situation that added to sales dropping eventually.
1969 Chevy Nova
Compact, agile and powerful Chevrolet Nova has many admirers. It may look not so impressive as many other muscle cars, but it is lightweight, cheap and powerful.