In an extended 1980 model year, Chevrolet would sell over 810,000 examples of the Citation; in addition to making for one of the most successful product launches in General Motors history, the Chevrolet Citation would become the best-selling car in the United States in 1980. The 396 cu in 6. The 307 cu in 5. Highlights included a bold grille and semi-fastback roofline. It survived until mid-1971, after which it was replaced by the. Also, the optional Strato bucket seats available on coupes switched from the previous low-back design with adjustable headrests to the high back units with built-in headrests introduced the previous year on Camaros and Vegas. In an extended initial model year, Chevrolet sold over 800,000 units of the 1980 Citation, making it both one of the most successful product launches in General Motors history, but also the best-selling car in the United States in 1980 overall.
The front and rear of the Nova were restyled, following a government mandate for vehicles to be fitted with front and rear bumpers capable of absorbing a low-speed impact of 2. The 153 cu in 2. V8s versions weren't produced: Power windows were not available, tinted windows were darker than American versions, and the darker band on the upper edge of the windshield was not present. Stock heater control panel is utilized. Later, a law passed by Congress repealed the mandate requiring this type of device, declaring that it infringed on a driver's freedom of choice, and allowed owners of 1974-model cars to have the seat belt interlock bypassed. The 1971 Chevy Nova did not vary much from the 1970 version in looks. Minor changes for the 1977 model year included a more modern round gauge cluster to replace the long sweeping speedometer, and a revised dash panel which changed to a flatter design.
Other drivetrain choices remained the same as before. . It was assembled in , by , a joint venture between in the U. Transmissions included the 3-speed manual standard with the I6, with a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic optional on all engines. The bucket seat option was dropped.
It is a very solid candidate for a nice street machine, muscle car. At introduction in the fall, the hardtop coupe was missing in the lineup, contributing to a loss of sales as well as showroom appeal. The last Citation rolled off the assembly line on June 21, 1985. Taillight and backup lights were restyled, as was the rear cove. Alongside the standard trim, a sporty X-11 version was produced. As you slow down to stop at a red light, you notice a Chevy Nova sitting pretty across the intersection. If you are shopping around for your dream Chevy Nova, browse through the options available for sale from the reliable sellers on eBay.
After waiting for hours in gas lines and fretting about the prospect of fuel rationing, thrifty compacts looked pretty good to plenty of Americans and it fit the bill. Midway through the model year, the two-door notchback sedan was returned to the lineup after being discontinued in 1981. Further powertrain options included a 195 hp 145 kW 283 cu in 4. Among the finalists was Nova. The 350 hp L79 327 V8 was unfortunately dropped this year, but other drivetrain choices remained the same as the previous year's.
Bodystyles included a 2-door sedan and hardtop, 4-door sedan, 5-door wagon with an optional rear-facing 3rd seat and a 2-door convertible. Transmissions were a column or floor 3-speed manual, floor-shift 4-speed manual or 2-speed Powerglide automatic. The Citation notchback coupé body was unique to Chevrolet. All Novas now had cut-pile carpeting, formerly installed only in the Custom series. All installation kits include detailed, step-by-step instructions, and customizing is a breeze.
The well-hyped stole sales from the Nova this year, but the compact soon would enjoy a resurgence of popularity that would last deep into the 1970s. The lineup was the same as in 1978; the base-level hatchback, coupe, and sedan, plus the Custom coupe and sedan. Both the hardtop and convertible are available, and these kits are extremely detailed. The original '63 Nova wagon was available as a promo kit. At mid-year a manual canvas sunroof option became available on two-door models. Compared to the 1966 output, sales of the 1967 models dropped by more than a third to 106,500 including 12,900 station wagons.
Lights- stereo, turn signals, brake lights, horn instrumentation etc. The sales brochure claimed 15 powertrain choices for coupes and a dozen for sedans. That price included fuel injection, sport suspension, power steering, leather-covered steering wheel, tachometer, four-wheel disc brakes, and wider tires on aluminum wheels, but it was a stiff tariff, and few were ordered approximately 3,300 Twin-Cam models were built. Due to the Canadian on imports put into place many years before, there was no compact car available to the Canadian Pontiac dealer. All Nova drivers faced a new dual-spoke, soft vinyl-covered steering wheel; the same one found in the Caprice and Malibu.
An expanded engine lineup gave customers six power choices of the six-cylinder or V-8 engines; the four-cylinder was available only in the 100. This body style continued with a minor restyle in 1973 through 1974. There is a great deal of body roll, but the car does not feel unstable. Before the fuel crisis, Chevrolet had anticipated 70% of customers purchasing the V6 engine option, leading to production lines unable to keep up with demand for four-cylinder models. Buyers could also order a 194 cu in 3.
All Novas got a crosshatch pattern that filled the deck lid trim panel. Windshields offered greater glass area. The other two were sold in Canada. Mated to a three-speed , 3-speed manual or 4-speed — V8s only — Which remained the norm through the end of the decade and the end of the rear-wheel drive. Six-cylinder Novas were the fastest gainers, as sales of V-8 Novas declined. Even though 1979 was a final abbreviated model year, the front end was nonetheless revised again with square headlights and a new horizontally-barred grille for the short run. Like the other X-body cars, the Citation was plagued by numerous reports of a , causing it to lose control and crash.