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YAK Car Pic of the Day

'62 Chevy II Nova 400, Tonawanda, N.Y.

If you’re driving through Tonawanda, you may come across this 1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova 400 just like I did recently. The Chevy II was Chevy’s second attempt at a compact after it became aparent that the rather unconventional rear-engined Corvair wasn’t cutting the mustard in the marketplace. As interesting as the Corvair might have been, when it comes to an everyday driver, I think I’d pick a Chevy II instead. Especially one like this top-of-the-line Nova 400. This was the Chevy II’s first year — you can see them all here.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Max Planck

    Those early Chevy II’s were solid, dependable machines; they were the kind of car that Chevy and GM did right. Had they stuck to that formula, they might have avoided  disasters like the Vega as well as their overall disappointing product lines of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, which firmly drove buyers into the Asian camps. I think they’re getting some of them back with the current offerings.

    • They’d probably get more customers back if the Asians hadn’t also improved so much.

  • I had a light blue model.  Same as above, including the 4 door.  During one very cold winter while in school in Alfred in 74′, I snaped off the “3 on the tree” shifter while trying to get it in gear.  I drove all the way to school in first gear.  The auto dept. rigged it so I could drive.  I came home that weekend & found the part in stock @ Catalano Motors in Angola.

    It was a very solid car that served me well.

    • At least it didn’t break off in reverse!