1987: Corolla-based Chevy Nova shares name, nothing else with the old Chevy Nova

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November 15, 2019 08:20 AM

1987: Corolla-based Chevy Nova shares name, nothing else with the old Chevy Nova

The “old” Nova had only been out of production for eight years at that point.

Murilee Martin

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General Motors sold millions of rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Novas (and its siblings badged by other GM divisions) between the 1962 and 1979 model years. They were simple, reliable cars for their era; I had a ’76 coupe in the early 1990s and it always started and got me to my destination.
Once The General and Toyota got together to build Corolla Sprinters at the NUMMI plant in California (now home to the Tesla Factory), starting in the 1985 model year, the Nova name got a revival through 1988 (after which it became the Geo Prizm). Here’s a television commercial for the 1987 Nova, comparing it to a late-70s Nova coupe jacked up like a stinkbug with air shocks and slugged with an ominous NOT AVAILABLE stencil.

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