1978 Nova Parts and Restoration Information

1978 Nova Specifications

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For 1978, the base Nova model changed very little. While the base car merely had a Chevy Bowtie emblem added to the leading edge of the hood, the Rally Novas got a new front end layout with a diamond-patterned grille, black headlight bezels and horizontal parking lights and new color-keyed Rally wheels and triple body stripes.

The same base L6 and two V8 options remained the same for 1978 models. So too did the three body styles, although the hatchback was significantly outsold by the coupe and sedan models.

1978 Chevy Nova Brochure

Model Options

Body Styles:

  • 2-Door Coupe
  • 2-Door Hatchback
  • 4-Door Sedan

Trim Levels:

  • Nova
  • Custom
  • Nova Rally

Engine Options:

  • 250ci L6 110hp (base 1 bbl carb)
  • 305ci V8 145hp (base 2 bbl carb)
  • 350ci V8 170hp (optional 4 bbl carb)

Production Numbers:

  • Nova: 288,109
    • 2-Door Coupe: 0
    • 2-Door Convertible: 0
    • 2-Door Hatchback: 12,665
    • 2-Door Sedan: 125,811
    • 4-Door Sedan: 149,633
    • 4-Door Wagon: 0
    • Super Sport: 0

Dimensions & Capacities:

  • Length: 196.7 in / 16.39 ft
  • Width: 72.2 in / 6.01 ft
  • Height:
    • 2-Door Hatch & 2-Door Sedan: 52.7 in / 4.39 ft
    • 4-Door Sedan: 53.6 in / 4.46 ft
  • Wheelbase: 111 in / 9.25 ft

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