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Need info on '66 Chevy II SS

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I am doing a story on the 66 Chevy II SS and I was wondering if someone could help explain the difference between a Chevy II Nova SS and a Chevy II SS. Are they the same? Did the Nova models say Nova on the body somewhere? Also, could you get a regular Chevy II with the 327? How many Chevy II SS models were made in '66? And how many had the 327? I keep finding conflicting info from different sites and books. Thanks to anyone who can help me out.

--James Hutcheson
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I am doing a story on the 66 Chevy II SS and I was wondering if someone could help explain the difference between a Chevy II Nova SS and a Chevy II SS. Are they the same? Did the Nova models say Nova on the body somewhere? Also, could you get a regular Chevy II with the 327? How many Chevy II SS models were made in '66? And how many had the 327? I keep finding conflicting info from different sites and books. Thanks to anyone who can help me out.

--James Hutcheson
Hi James

Well, we're glad to help if we can. Your 'SS' question has already been answered, so I'll tackle the '327' part. First, here's a link to the 'RPO' page on Scott Windle's "Nova Resource" site.
http://novaresource.org/rpo1.htm
Scott is widely acknowledged as an expert on Novas and has spent years researching models, options and Nova facts in general. When I'm digging for some little-known Nova fact, I usually try his site first.

The breakdown isn't as simple as we'd like for it to be... First, there were two 327 cubic inch engines offered in 1966: the 'L30' with 275 HP and the 'L79' with 350 HP. Scott's numbers indicate that there were 5,108 Novas and Chevy IIs built with the L30 engine and 5,481 built with the L79. That's 10,589 total.
Switching to Scott's page with production figures
http://novaresource.org/production.htm
We can get pretty close on the L79 cars, calculating that there were:
3,547 Nova SS 2-door coupes
1,734 Nova (400) 2-door coupes and
about 200 Chevy II (100) 2-door post cars
There were also probably a few 4-door cars and at least 2 or 3 wagons with the L79 package that left the factory 'through the back door'.

The mix of cars that had the L30 package is much harder to decipher, since the L30 was available throughout the line.

If it makes you any more comfortable, quite a few of us have been around these cars since the beginning. I took my driver's test in 1966 in my dad's 1966 L30 Nova SS 4-speed and have owned my current L79 SS since 1972.
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