May 24, 2013
LIMA — The Chevy Nova was introduced in 1962 and ran for five generations, through 1979, and then again in 1985 through 1988. Chevrolet needed a model to compete against compact cars such as Ford's Falcon. The Nova was the top model in the Chevy II lineup through 1968. The Chevy II was one of the fastest new-car development programs in GM history. Just 18 months after the designers got the green light, the first production Chevy II came off the assembly in in Willow Run, Mich. in August of 1961 to debut Sept. 29, 1961. The Chevy II was intended to give buyers a simple back to basics car. The sportiest looking Chevy II was the Nova. The 1963 models came out with minor changes and a new addition, the Chevy II Nova SS. The Nova did not originally have a Chevrolet V8 engine, but it wasn't long before these V8 engines were offered as dealer-installed options. The addition of the V8 power and the Nova's light weight made the Nova a popular choice of drag racers.
John Waller, of Lima, owns this 1963 Chevy Nova. Waller was burning rubber in his Nova when this photo was taken. His license plate reads 1BDNOVA, and Waller enjoys showing just what his Nova can do.