HARROD — Rick Fields, of Harrod, was looking for a 1955 Chevy Bel Air when he spotted this 1966 Chevy Nova in Upper Sandusky.
“I ran across this, and I really liked it and bought it. My wife liked the color of it,” Fields said.
The Nova was purchased more than 25 years ago. It contains a 283 engine with an automatic transmission. The car is all original, with all numbers matching.
Fields’ favorite memory is working side by side with his son, Kyle, on the car.
“When my son was little, he always wanted to help me clean it,” Fields said.
The Chevy Nova was introduced in 1962 as the Chevy II. The size was between the compact Corvair and the full-sized Chevys. It was planned to be an economy car to steal sales away from the Ford Falcon.
Little did the engineers know what a mighty muscle car machine they created. The car gained bigger engines during the 1964 model year, causing the mid-size car to run fast. The Chevy Nova became a popular boulevard favorite and drag racers’ dream.
A redesign occurred for the 1966 model year. There were 172,485 Novas sold during the 1966 model year. The Chevy Nova stopped production in 1979.