Falcon Fighter: 1964 Chevrolet Nova Wagon

The 1960’s was the start for a new wave of car styling, but instead of the curvy and elegant looks of the cars of the ’50s, the new styling was simpler and boxier. Chevrolet had begun to make the move over to this new style, but when the Ford Falcon saw sales success, GM set about building a new car that could compete with the Falcon. The car was known simply as the Chevy II, but later became the Nova. This 1964 Chevy Nova Wagon was supposedly found in Southern California, but now resides in Kansas City, Kansas. It can be found here on eBay and is being offered without a reserve.

The Nova was meant to be a small and efficient car, so most came with a six cylinder. One could however, get the car with a factory V8. This car was believed to have been ordered by a hardware store to deliver supplies and came with the 283 cui V8 and a four speed manual gearbox. While this car still has the numbers match block, many of the original engine components are now missing. Obviously the engine isn’t running, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find the correct parts and get it running.

The interior is in a sad state and is going to need to be redone. The seller claims the only serious rust is in the front floor boards, which you can see are rusted through. Just like the engine, interior parts should be easy to find. This car was ordered with a teal interior and silver exterior, which is an unusual color combination. We aren’t sure of the seller’s claims of this being a very rare combination, but we haven’t seen another wagon with it.

We have always liked the looks of the first generation Nova and we have to say that we especially like the looks of the wagon. Hopefully the rust is as minimal as the seller claims, as this could be a fun project. It could make for a great sleeper or a fun family hauler, or perhaps a little bit of both. We just can’t decide if we like the wagon or the convertible better. Which do you prefer: wagon, coupe, or convertible?

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Comments

  1. John Chaney

    Gotta love the wagons. Damn minivans killed them off.

  2. paul

    Yikes those floors are scary & with a body in primer one has to wonder what is hiding under that prime coat, but I’ll take the 59 Chevy coupe in the behind it.

  3. Catfishphil

    Or the white Corvette to the right of the Impala.

  4. scot c
  5. midicat

    Back to the days of my youth… Looks like every one of the first generation Nova’s I ever owned, floor boards totally gone… however never had a wagon, nor one with a factory 4 speed, would be a really cool car to set right and a great conversation piece at the local “Cruise In”. Keeping an eye on this one, would really like to see what the end price is.

  6. Chris

    I first thought I was looking at one of the dullest cars GM ever built. But a Chevy II wagon with what looks like a 4 bbl V8 and a floor shifter is a lot more interesting. I had a Chevy II and with the GM manual it was easier to work on than my lawnmower. I hope the brakes were upgraded from the standard Chevy II with all that weight in the nose.

  7. Stephen Walton

    Minimal rust? Yikes.

  8. Doug M Member

    Weird! …when I first looked at the interior shot, I thought I was seeing the shop floor!!! ….oh, wait, ….I was!!!!!

  9. Europa TC

    Lookin’ at the floorboards………….do you get ham with that Swiss cheese? or, Rye with that rot?

  10. craZee

    Bought a 62 Nova wagon with a 4 banger in it and droped in a 302 out of a Z-28 Camero.

    With the stock 185/60/14 or so rear tires, you could burn rubber all the way through 3rd gear LOL

  11. ranger herb

    I had a 63 four door Chevy II in high school, with the 194 six cylinder, tried to talk the old man in to helping me put a 283 in it, but no dice. It met its demise in 69 when an oil field Diamond Reo ran over the back drivers side quarter panel. Shook that car like a doberman with a rat terrier in its mouth. Found what was left of the body about eight years later behind a bodyshop in Coldwater, KS. Just seeing the interior brings back a lot of memories. I could easily beat 283’s and 327’s off the line with that 194 six with a three speed on the column. They would finally catch up about three quarters of the way thru the quarter mile.

  12. joe

    looking to trade my 1969 plymouth fury 2 door hard top ( no posts or wind wing windows ) is all open with windows down want to trade for 1964 nova wagon. reply if interested

  13. gunningbar

    “My”first car was the family 64 chevy wagon with a 283..automatic….surprisingly quick and fun.

  14. Tim W

    We had a 62 Nova wagon for years, We took out the 194 and put the 250 out of the 71 Nova my sister wrecked in it. 3 on the tree. Ran like a scalded cat, and full of my buddies and a cooler in the back, you couldn’t get the cops to even look at you….. Great little car

  15. Gregory Mason

    I remember going with my father and mother to Chelsea Chevrolet in Ossining ,NY. in 1962 when they bought our new chevy 2 wagon. It was fawn beige with 3 speed on coloumn 194 6cyl. I remember what a big deal I thought it was to have a push button radio.

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