1966 Chevy Nova

1966 CHEVY NOVA - THE NEXT GENERATION
1966 marks the beginning of the 2nd-generation for the Chevy II model lineup, of which the Nova was the top model. The all new body had sharper, straighter lines and crisper creases. While the look changed considerably, overall dimensions little. Engines, transmissions and other mechanicals also remained fairly unchanged from the prior generation. It was built in 4 body styles: 2-door Sedan, 2-door Hardtop, 4-door Sedan and 4-door Station Wagon.

1966 CHEVY NOVA SS STYLING CHANGES
The Nova SS was distinguished from lesser models by its wide bright aluminum rocker trim panels and truck lid trim panel. And of course, there was plenty of identification, in the form of SS emblems on the front grille and rear trim panel as well as “Super Sport” chrome script on the rear fenders. All Nova SSs came with Strato Bucket front seats and a tachometer was optional. The spinner-style wheel covers were borrowed from the ’65 Chevelle SS.

1966 CHEVY NOVA ENGINE LINEUP
The standard engine for a base line 100-series Nova was the course old Iron Duke 4-cylinder. The standard engine for a Nova SS was the 195hp 194ci inline-6, which was available on all Chevy IIs and Novas. There was also a 220hp 230ci six, a 275hp 283 V8, and the Turbo Fire 327 V8 making 350hp. The 2-speed Powerglide automatic was not available on the 350hp engine.


1966 Chevy Nova SPECIFICATIONS

Body style

Model # / Body #

Price when new

Production, SS-only

Wheelbase

Overall length

Overall width

Track, front

Track, rear

Tire size

Shipping weight

ENGINE OPTIONS              

OK, OM, ZV, ZY-code

OR, OS, ZX-code

PB, PK-code

PD, PE, PF, PG-code

PL, PM, PQ, PS-code

PN, PO, PP, PU-code

QA, QB, QC, QF-code

QD, QE-code

ZA, ZB, ZC, ZE-code

ZD, ZF, ZK-code

ZG, ZH, ZI, ZJ-code

ZM-code

2-door hardtop

17 / 37

$ 2,430

4,700

110.0 in

183.0 in

69.9 in

56.8 in

56.3 in

6.95" X 14"

2,740 lbs


194ci OHV I-6, 1X1bbl, 3sp manual; 120hp; 177 lb/ft

194ci OHV I-6, 1X1bbl, Powerglide; 120hp; 177 lb/ft

283ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl, 3sp manual, 220hp / 295 lb/ft

283ci OHV V8, 1X2bbl, 3sp manual, 195hp / 285 lb/ft 

283ci OHV V8, 1X2bbl, 4sp manual, 195hp / 285 lb/ft

283ci OHV V8, 1X2bbl, Powerglide, 195hp / 285 lb/ft

283ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl, 3/4sp manual, 220hp / 295 lb/ft

283ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl, Powerglide, 220hp / 295 lb/ft

327ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl, 3/4sp manual, 275hp / 355 lb/ft

327ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl, Powerglide, 275hp / 355 lb/ft

327ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl, 3/4sp manual, 350hp / 360 lb/ft

327ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl, Powerglide, 250hp / 350 lb/ft


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NOVA SS & CHEVY II, 1969-1979


CHEVY II/NOVA PRODUCTION DETAILS, HISTORY & PERFORMANCE


CHEVY II & NOVA SS MUSCLE PORTFOLIO 1962-1974


CHEVY DIFFERENTIALS: HOW TO REBUILT 10- & 12-BOLT


CHEVY SMALL BLOCK V8 INTERCHANGE MANUAL


CHEVY II, NOVA & SS


CHEVY LS ENGINE CONVERSION HANDBOOK


TURBO HYDRA-MATIC 350 HANDBOOK


CHEVY NOVA & CHEVY II, 1962-1979, CHILTON REPAIR MANUAL


CHEVROLET NOVA 1969-2979, HAYNES REPAIR MANUAL





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