CAIRO — The sales brochure for the 1970 Chevy Nova read, “1970 Chevy Nova. Have it your way. Not too small. Not too large. Which makes a lot of people happy.” The Chevy Nova started off as a trim package for the Chevy II in 1961, and it wasn’t long before it became a model of its own in 1962. The 1970 Nova experienced minor changes from the previous year ’69, although new side markers and taillight lenses were now wider and positioned slightly differen. Sadly, 1970 was the final year performance fans could option the Nova with the famous SS 396 engine option. The 300hp 350 was “officially” noted as the top engine offering, with only a handful of 396’s that were dropped into the ’70 Nova.
John Gross, of Cairo, brought his 1970 Chevy Nova SS to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for 35 years. He purchased it in 1973. Over the years he has added his own customizations to this beauty. His favorite memories include drag racing a ‘70 Cobra Jet down Main Street, cruising weekends, running it down the drag strip and driving it to Car Craft Nats. He comments that he gets free labor from his neighbor, Jeff, to get the motor to look and run how it does now, and ends with, “I am driving my car again!!!”