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Old 31st-October-2005, 10:43 PM   #1
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63-65 SS clues
  • 63-65 SSs have instruments in the gauge pod, not idiot lights
  • 63 & 64 SSs had full length annodized fender peak trim. 65's had partial
  • SSs have vinyl bucket seats.
  • all SSs came with extra cost 14 inch wheels.
  • 1963 was the only year there was a Nova SS convertible.
  • 3 speed on the column manual transmission SSs had no console.
  • All SS cars had the cove area painted silver regardless of the vehicle color combination.
  • All SS cars has a 1" wide 5 piece chrome trim that ran horizontally down the center of the dash.
  • All SS cars had a removable transmission hump.
  • with the 14 inch wheels all SS had SS full wheel covers.
  • 1964 SS's with PG had a console same as the 63's.
  • If you had a 4 speed there was no console.
  • The floor shifter utilized a metal surround similar to benchseat cars.
  • As in 63, the 1964 SSs with column mounted 3 speeds also had no console.


66-67 SS clues
  • 11837 is SS V/8
  • 11737 is SS six cyl.


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SS and Rally identification


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Some years it's easy to tell an SS while other years it's not. Early on the Super Sport was just an option on the Nova. In the mid 60's it became a separate model. It reverted back to an optional package in the late 60's and 70's. Because it was just an optional package you can't always tell by the VIN or cowl tag. Here's the rundown on the Nova Super Sport:

1963 = optional package: look for a Z (or an X for Novas built at the Oakland, CA plant) on the last line of the cowl tag in the ACC codes. One note: some real 1963 Super Sports did not get this code. They are rare but a few have been found.
1964 = body style: look for 47 in the 4th and 5th digits of the VIN.
1965 thru 1967 = separate model: look for 17 or 18 in the 2nd and 3rd digits of the VIN. 17 is an SS with a 6-cylinder. 18 is an SS with a V8.
1968 thru 1971 = optional package: there is no way to verify an SS these years without some original paperwork. In-dash tachs, floor consoles/shifters, console gauges, bucket seats and even 12-bolt rears are NOT indications of a real SS. There were real Super Sport Novas built with the standard dash, column shifters, bench seats and 10-bolt rears. However, you can guess at it's originality. First, all 1968 Super Sports have finned front drum brakes (standard Novas have non-finned drums), and all 1969-71 Super Sports have power front disc brakes. The next thing to check is the engine code. If the engine is original (the last 6 digits of the VIN are stamped on the engine block) and it has a application code (also stamped on the block) that decodes to an SS only engine, then you have a real SS. Without the original engine or some original paperwork, you're basically out of luck.
1972 = optional package: because 1972 is the first year the original engine is coded in the VIN, you can tell a real SS by the engine code. All 1972 Novas came with the L48 350 4-bbl engine. The L48 was only available in the SS so if the 5th digit of the VIN is a K, the original engine is a L48 and it must be a real SS. BTW, like 1969-71 Novas, all 1972 Super Sports had power front disc brakes.
1973 thru 1976 = optional package: these are the hardest years to verify. Original paperwork is really the only way. In 1973, any engine could be ordered in the Super Sport including the 250 L6. Because there was no "SS-only" engine, there is no way to verify it as real by the engine codes. Also, disc brakes were NOT part of the Super Sport package in 1973-74. All 1975-later had front discs standard but power assist was still optional
I hope the above has helped someone determine a real SS or not. Below is a listing of the equipment that was part of the Super Sport package. The list does not include all equipment, just that which was in addition to or in place of standard equipment. Please notice that things like bucket seats, floor console, floor shifter, gauge package and the in-dash tach were not part of the Super Sport package. Also note that the 1968 Super Sport package did not include front disc brakes but finned front drums.

1968 thru 1972 Super Sports were limited to the L48 350, the L34 396 (1968-70 only) and the L78 396 (1968-70 only). Those engines are specific to the Super Sport and were not available in non-SS Novas. After 1972, any available engine for the Nova was available with the Super Sport package including the 250 L6 engine.

The Super Sport name was dropped after 1976 but the RPO-Z26 package continued on under the Rally Nova name. For all intents and purposes, the 1977-79 Rally Nova was just a Super Sport with a different name and trim.

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1968 Super Sport

Model Availability

Nova coupe - 11427

Power Train Availability

350 V8 4V L48
396 V8 4V L34
396 V8 4V L78

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Special hood ornaments
Black painted grille with bright upper and lower horizontal bars
Black painted rear end panel trim plate
Under hood insulation
"Super Sport" nameplate on lower front fenders
"SS" emblem on grille and rear end panel
Engine Chrome

Interior

Deluxe steering wheel with horn blowing buttons and "SS" emblem on hub
"SS" emblem on instrument panel

Chassis

Red stripe, wide oval E70-14-4PR tires on 14x6 rim
F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)
Finned front brake drums


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1969 Super Sport - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Nova coupe - 11427

Power Train Availability

350 V8 4V L48
396 V8 4V L34
396 V8 4V L78

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Front fender side louver ornament (bright edge)
Special hood ornaments
Black painted grille with bright upper and lower horizontal bars
Black painted rear end panel trim plate
Under hood insulation
"SS" emblem on grille and rear end panel
Engine Chrome

Interior

Black steering wheel, shroud and column with "SS" emblem on shroud

Chassis

Red stripe, wide oval E70-14-4PR tires on 14x7 rim
F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)
Front disc brakes with power assist


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1970 Super Sport - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Nova coupe - 11427

Power Train Availability

350 V8 4V L48
396 V8 4V L34
396 V8 4V L78

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Front fender side louver ornament (bright edge)
Special hood ornaments
Black painted grille with bright upper and lower horizontal bars
Black painted rear end panel trim plate
"SS" emblem on grille and rear end panel

Interior

Black steering wheel, shroud and column with "SS" emblem on shroud

Chassis

White stripe E70-14-B tires on 14x7 rim
F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)
Front disc brakes with power assist


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1971 Super Sport - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Nova coupe - 11427

Power Train Availability

350 V8 4V L48

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Special hood ornaments
Black painted grille with bright upper and lower horizontal bars
Black painted rear end panel trim plate
"SS" emblem on grille and rear end panel

Interior

Black steering wheel, shroud and column with "SS" emblem on shroud

Chassis

White stripe E70-14-B tires on 14x7 rim
F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)
Front disc brakes with power assist


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1972 Super Sport - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Nova coupe - 1X27

Power Train Availability

350 V8 4V L48

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Special hood ornaments
Black painted grille with bright upper and lower horizontal bars
Black painted rear end panel trim plate
"SS" emblem on grille and rear end panel

Interior

Black steering wheel, shroud and column with "SS" emblem on shroud

Chassis

White stripe E70-14-B tires on 14x7 rim
F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)
Front disc brakes with power assist


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1973 Super Sport - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Standard Nova hatchback - 1X17
Standard Nova coupe - 1X27
Custom Nova hatchback - 1Y17
Custom Nova coupe - 1Y27

Power Train Availability

250 L6 1V L22
307 V8 2V L14
350 V8 2V L65
350 V8 4V L48

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Black grille with argent accent on 2nd and 5th horizontal bars
"SS" ornamentation on grille, fender and deck lid
Specific body side striping, 2 colors (black or white)
Black painted rear end panel with bright trim on tail lamps
Dual body-color sport mirrors (LH remote, RH manual)
Bright roof drip moldings

Interior

"SS" emblem on steering wheel shroud
Carpet floor covering

Chassis

Rally wheels 14x6 or 14x7 with specific center hub, no trim ring
F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)

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1974 Super Sport - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Standard Nova hatchback - 1X17
Standard Nova coupe - 1X27
Custom Nova hatchback - 1Y17
Custom Nova coupe - 1Y27

Power Train Availability

250 L6 1V L22
350 V8 2V L65
350 V8 4V LM1
350 V8 4V L48

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

"SS" nameplate in center of grille (delete bow-tie emblem)
Black grille with argent accent on 2nd and 5th horizontal bars
Bright trim around tail lamps
Large "Nova SS" decals on front fenders and deck lid (delete "Nova by Chevrolet" from deck lid and "Nova" or "Nova Custom" from front fender side)
Front end decal striping on fender and hood, along hood to fender break lines LH and RH
Deck lid decal striping along deck to rear quarter break line - LH and RH
Stripes are vinyl decal type available in black with gold accent or gold with red accent
Black accented side window frames, underside of roof drip molding and on belt line below windows
Black painted sport mirrors (formerly body color)
NOTE: Body rear end panels same as body (black paint treatment eliminated)

Interior

"SS" emblem on steering wheel shroud
Carpet floor covering

Chassis

Rally wheels 14x6 (argent) with specific center hub and added P06 trim ring (14x7 Rally wheels when QEB E70-14 tires, QDW FR78-14 tires or JL2 disc brakes are ordered)
F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)


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1975 Super Sport - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Standard Nova hatchback - 1X17
Standard Nova coupe - 1X27
Custom Nova hatchback - 1Y17
Custom Nova coupe - 1Y27
NOTE: Not available with Z11 Luxury Nova package

Power Train Availability

250 L6 1V L22
262 V8 2V LV1
350 V8 2V L65
350 V8 4V LM1

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Lower body dual stripes (one narrow and one wide stripe, only narrow stripe goes over wheel openings) - available in 5 colors: silver, red, gold, black and white
"Nova SS" decals on front fenders and rear end panel (delete "Nova" or "Nova Custom" from front fender side)
Black paint treatment on side window frame moldings and "B" pilar louvers (painting of underside of roof drip molding and belt line below windows deleted)
"Nova SS" nameplate in center of grille (delete bow-tie emblem)
Black painted grille with bright trim on perimeter and around parking lamps
Black finished headlamp bezels with bright perimeter molding
Bright roof drip moldings
Black painted sport mirrors

Interior

4-spoke sport steering wheel with "SS" emblem on shroud

Chassis

F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)
Rally wheels 14x6 (argent) with specific center hub and added P06 trim ring (14x7 Rally wheels when F41 Sport suspension or radial tires ordered)

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1976 Super Sport - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Standard Nova hatchback - 1X17
Standard Nova coupe - 1X27

Power Train Availability

250 L6 1V L22
305 V8 2V LG3
350 V8 4V LM1

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Lower body dual stripes (one narrow and one wide stripe, only narrow stripe goes over wheel openings) - available in 5 colors: silver, firethorn, gold, black and white
"Nova SS" decals on front fenders and rear end panel (delete "Nova" or "Nova Custom" from front fender side)
Black paint treatment on side window frame moldings and "B" pilar louvers (painting of underside of roof drip molding and belt line below windows deleted)
"Nova SS" nameplate in center of grille
Special diamond pattern, black painted grille with bright trim on perimeter and around specific horizontal parking lamps
Black finished headlamp bezels with bright perimeter molding
Bright roof drip moldings
Black painted sport mirrors

Interior

4-spoke sport steering wheel with "SS" emblem on shroud

Chassis

F40 Heavy duty suspension (F41 Sport suspension optional)
Rally wheels 14x6 (argent) with specific center hub and added P06 trim ring (14x7 Rally wheels when F41 Sport suspension or radial tires ordered)


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1977 Nova Rally - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Standard Nova hatchback - 1X17
Standard Nova coupe - 1X27

Power Train Availability

250 L6 1V L22
305 V8 2V LG3
350 V8 4V LM1

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Black finished headlamp bezels with bright perimeter molding
Special chrome plated, diamond pattern grille with specific horizontal parking lamps
"Nova Rally" emblem, multi-colored, in center of grille and on front fenders (delete "Nova" or "Nova Custom" from front fender side)
Triple-band striping on lower body and over wheel openings - available in 3 colors: gold, black and white
Triple-band striping on rear end panel

Chassis

Rally wheels 14x6 painted to match striping (argent if striping is black) with bright center hub, lug nuts and trim ring

The following options are restricted when the Nova Rally package is ordered
B84 Body side moldings
B96 Wheel opening moldings
D85 Pin striping
D99 Two-tone paint
N95 Wire wheel trim covers
P01 Wheel trim covers


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1978 Nova Rally - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Standard Nova hatchback - 1X17
Standard Nova coupe - 1X27
Custom Nova coupe - 1Y27

Power Train Availability

250 L6 1V L22
305 V8 2V LG3
350 V8 4V LM1

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

Black finished headlamp bezels with bright perimeter molding
Special chrome plated, diamond pattern grille with specific horizontal parking lamps
"Nova Rally" emblem, multi-colored, in center of grille and on front fenders (delete "Nova" or "Nova Custom" from front fender side and "Chevrolet" emblem from center of hood)
Triple-band striping on lower body and over wheel openings - available in 5 colors: gold, orange, red, black and white
Triple-band striping on rear end panel (not included in 1XY27 Custom Coupe)

Chassis

Rally wheels 14x6 painted to match body color (except with gold striping where wheels are painted to match stripe color), with bright center hub, lug nuts and trim ring


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1979 Nova Rally - RPO Z26

Model Availability

Standard Nova hatchback - 1X17
Standard Nova coupe - 1X27
Custom Nova coupe - 1Y27

Power Train Availability

250 L6 1V L22
305 V8 2V LG3
350 V8 4V LM1

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

Exterior

"Nova Rally" emblem, multi-colored, in center of grille and on front fenders (delete "Nova" or "Nova Custom" from front fender side)
Triple-band striping on lower body and over wheel openings - available in 5 colors: gold, orange, red, black and white
Triple-band striping on rear end panel

Chassis

Rally wheels 14x6 painted to match body color (except with gold striping where wheels are painted to match stripe color), with bright center hub, lug nuts and trim ring


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