Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The 1965 Nova was updated with a cleaner front-end sporting a full-width grille and new integrated headlight bezels.
Parking lights moved down to the deep-section bumper, and sedans gained a new roofline.
The SS came as a sport coupe only, and its production dipped to just 9,100 cars. The Super Sports had a new brushed-chrome console with floor-mounted 4-speed manual, or Powerglide auto. Three-speed manual was “three on the tree.”
Chevy II enthusiasts recognize 1965 as the year the Nova became a muscle car with the help of the new 327ci V8 available with up to 300 hp.
Sales took a drastic hit because of cannibalism from the redesigned Corvair.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|327ci/300hp||7.2 sec||15.1 sec @ 93 mph||Estimate|
|Hi-Thrift 194||194ci||1x1bbl||120 hp||n/a|
|Turbo-Thrift 230||230ci||n/a||140 hp||n/a|
|Turbo-Fire 283||283ci||n/a||195 hp||n/a|
|Turbo-Fire 327||327ci||n/a||250 hp||n/a|
|Turbo-Fire 327||327ci||n/a||300 hp||n/a|
Ask Nova expert Jerry MacNeish