1965 Nova Parts and Restoration Information

1965 Nova Specifications

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The final first generation Nova was to appear in 1965 and featured a redesigned front-end which used a new grille and new headlight bezels.

Parking lights were also moved down into the bumper, and the sedans gained a newly designed roofline. Chevy II enthusiasts also marked 1965 as the year the Nova became a true American muscle car. This was mainly due to the help of the new 327 cubic inch V8 engine which was an available option that brought up to 300 hp to the Nova. The SS came as a sport coupe only and featured a new brushed-chrome console, floor-mounted 4-speed manual, or Powerglide auto. A three speed manual on the column was also available and was known as “three on the tree.” The next year would see a completely redesigned Nova from Chevrolet as it introduced the second generation of Novas.


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Model Options:

  • 4-Door Wagon
  • Hardtop Coupe
  • 4-Door Sedan
  • Super Sport

Engine Options:

  • Hi-Thrift 194 | 194ci | 120hp
  • Turbo-Thrift 230 | 230ci | 140hp
  • Turbo-Fire 283 | 283ci | 195hp
  • Turbo-Fire 327 | 327ci | 250hp
  • Turbo-Fire 327 | 327ci | 300hp

Available Transmissions:

  • 3-Speed Manual “Three on the Tree”
  • Powerglide
  • 4-Speed Manual

Production Numbers:

  • Chevy II/ Nova: 122,800
    • Super Sport: 9,100
    • 2-Door Coupe: 28,380
    • 2-Door Convertible: 0
    • 2-Door Hatchback: 0
    • 2-Door Sedan: Exact number unknown
    • 4-Door Sedan: Exact number unknown
    • 4-Door Wagon: 12,900

Dimensions & Capacities:

  • Length:
    • 2 & 4-Door Sedan & 2-Door Coupe: 182.9 in / 12.24 ft
    • Wagon: 187.6 in / 15.63 ft
  • Width: 70.8 in / 5.9 ft
  • Height:
    • 2 & 4-Door Sedan: 55 in / 4.58 ft
    • 2-Door Coupe: 54 in / 4.5 ft
    • Wagon: 55.1 in / 4.59 ft
  • Wheelbase: 110 in / 9.16 ft

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