This car wasn’t a barn find but its certainly a survivor!

Our 1963 Chevy II Nova SS convertible was purchased new late in 1962 by my father-in-law. The car was on the showroom floor of Hugh White Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio when he saw it and just had to have it.

My father-in-law went in and made his deal, leaving his watch and a small check for a deposit. He returned 3 days later with cash to finalize the deal. We still have the original bill of sale, the original title, owners manual, and other literature documenting the sale.

The vehicle was driven as the family car for less than a year when he learned that a Nova SS convertible would be discontinued for the 1964 model year. He stopped using the car as a daily driver and purchased a 64 Impala. The Nova had 24,756 miles on it when my wife and I received  it from her dad in September of 2019.

I have only had to do minor repairs on the Nova simply due to the age. This includes: Valve cover gasket, brakes all the way around including wheel cylinders and flushing the brake fluid, new shocks front and rear, rebuilt the carburetor because of trouble starting and severe hesitation on acceleration.

We plan to enjoy the car by driving it leisurely and attending car shows and other events.

Nova Info

  • Inline 6 cyl. 194 CID (largest engine available from factory for Chevy II in 63)
  • 2 Speed Power Glide Transmission
  • SS Package
  • Padded Dash
  • Bucket seats with console
  • Optional Seat Belts
  • Push button AM radio


Featuring Our Parts

  • Delco shocks, front and rear
  • Various decals to return/maintain stock appearance: Valve cover, spare wiper fluid bottle, Jack instructions,
  • Hood adjustment bumpers
  • Trunk lid bumpers

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Comments (2)

  • Chris
    Chris May 4, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Nice car and neat story. I would love to see pictures of the engine too. Take care, and go O-H-I-O!

  • Dan Schleitwiler
    Dan Schleitwiler August 18, 2020 at 10:31 am

    The ‘63 Nova SS Convertible is my favorite car hands down! You have a BEAUTIFUL example Rick. I’m wiping my chin so I don’t drip on my phone. :). If you can I’d love to see more pictures. Top down? Thanks, Dan

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