30 Years in the Barn: 1975 Chevy Nova

While the listing is for one Chevrolet Nova sedan, it’s clear someone’s father had a preference for the fourth generation model as there are two more sedans on the same property. They’re all in varying degrees of condition, with the seller noting that the 1975 model he’s selling has been stored indoors for 30 years and remains in “…great shape.” The other vehicles look restorable but not as carefully stored (if you can call being left in the garage as a storage shelf as “careful”) as the 1975 model. Not worth a lot, but pictures may indicate a survivor resides under all that junk. Find it here on Facebook Marketplace for $3,000.

The prior generation Nova is the platform I’d call the most desirable. You had the SS coupes, the Yenkos – the high-performance models. The fourth-generation platform started moving to luxury as a way to differentiate Chevy’s entry-level offering, but I wouldn’t say it exactly succeeded at posing a threat to similar models from Mercedes-Benz. It did, however, provide a viable alternative to shoppers considering a Ford Granada or Plymouth Valiant. I believe this is the rear of the car the seller has listed for sale, and like so many other GM vehicles from this era, the plastic bumper trim has succumbed to time.

This is the front end of one of the other two later Novas the seller is offering up for grabs, and while it may be in worse condition, it’s been stored about the same way. Now, the blue ’75 does look like it’s at least been indoors, while this white sedan that is either a ’78 or ’76 model has been left exposed to the elements. Still, it’s encouraging to see original hubcaps and badges still in place, along with straight panels (at least on the driver’s side front quarter.) While the ’75 has recorded mileage of 52,000, the other offerings aren’t listed with any meaningful details.

To me, the best approach to a stash of Novas like this is to buy the best one and work out a deal for another on the cheap as a parts car. This, of course, assumes there is a collector or enthusiast who wants to build his collection of late 70s Nova sedans. The asking price seems somewhat steep for a Nova of this vintage, but the ’75 model could be worth a look if the mileage can be verified and if it’s as clean as the seller presents it as being. Would you want to take more than one of these Nova sedans home?


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  1. CCFisher

    The triple taillights on the beige car identify it as a 1977 Nova Concours or a 1978 Nova Custom.

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  2. Steve R

    It’s probably $2,000 to $2,500 overpriced based on the visible damage in the pictures and the amount of work likely needed to make it roadworthy. As the author states, these aren’t particularly sought after, unless pristine they aren’t worth much even if fully functional.

    Steve R

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  3. Arby

    Seller: “Damn thing won’t sell”

    Advice: “Throw some dirt on it and pile some boxes on it”

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  4. Maestro1 Member

    I absolutely don’t understand Sellers who do this. The cars should at least be cleaned and then fully shown in light. This is absurd.

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  5. TimM

    The fact that these aren’t very popular is good for a budget build or a starter project!! That is if the rust has been held at bay!! Just think the 74 or earlier would easily be double the price due to a more desirable body style!!

    • JoeNYWF64

      Most don’t realize these get all the benefits of the 2nd gen camaro underneath, including relocated steering box, i believe.

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      • chrlsful

        yup, gen II is enuff to turn this ford ‘man’s’ head – 327, 4 speed – a 2 yr only model ’66/7. Nice light body like the falcon. Put some discs up frnt, bilstien st or strip goodies, frame stiffeners, etc…

  6. Rodney - GSM

    For God’s sake, follow the instructions:
    1. Find car
    2. Find camera
    3. Remove boxes
    4. Sell car

  7. Stevieg

    I am still trying to sell my 1978 Skylark features here a week or so ago. Maybe if this Nova sells, I will park my Buick in the garage, throw some baby powder on it for “dust” & then relist it lol.

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