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    The 1971 Chevy Nova SS was one of the smallest muscle cars to be manufactured by Detroit. The SS designation stands for "Super Sport" which basically included high-performance tires, heavy-duty suspension, and more power plus additional add-ons and upgrades.

    First appearing in 1962 as Chevy II, GM's answer to Ford Falcon, this pocket dynamo packed a real punch what with a 350cid V8. Only 7,000 of Novas with the SS badge were manufactured.

    All engines after 1971 model year featured lowered compression ratios to enable the use of unleaded gasoline as a result of a GM corporate mandate that took effect with the 1971 model year. Other results of the federal meddling were the placement of side marker lights, the incorporation of rear window defogger, dual-circuit brakes and impact-absorbing steering.

    Standard features of the '71 model were front armrests, antitheft steering wheel-column lock, ignition key alarm system, and wide-profile, bias belted, white-lettered E70x14 tires. The Nova's shell would last for 11 years and was shared with Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac.

    Options for the Nova were Sportmag five-spoke alloy, air-conditioning and center console. The two- or four-barrel 350cid V8 ran on regular fuel and pushed out 245 and 270 horsepower respectively. Also, for the 1971 model, the option of a four-cylinder block was withdrawn because of low demand.

    The 1979 Chevrolet Nova marked the end of the line for the rear-wheel-drive Nova.

    The last Nova one rolled off the assembly line on August 18, 1988.

    1971 Chevy Nova SS

    Production  7,016 (1971)

    Body Style  Two-door, five-seater coupe.

    Engine  350cid V8.

    Power Output  245-270 bhp.

    Transmission  Three-speed manual, optioanl four-speed manual, or three-speed automatic.

    Suspension  Front: coil springs; Rear: leaf springs.

    Brakes  Front discs, rear drums.

    Maximum Speed  120 mph

    0-60 mph  6.2 sec

    A. F. C. 20 mpg

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