Modern doesn’t necessarily mean better

The last Chevy Nova left the assembly line on August 18, 1988. The nameplate hasn’t been revived to this day and there are no rumors on that. However, one digital artist had a stab at creating a modern Chevy Nova that in all fairness, looks more like a Dodge from where we’re standing.

We like the idea of a modern Chevy Nova

Chevrolet built the Nova from scratch. It wasn’t based on another car, so essentially the carmaker started out with a blank drawing board in an attempt to rival the likes of Ford Falcon/Comet, AMC Rambler American, and Chrysler Valiant/Dart.

That’s how the Chevy II came to life in 1961 as a 1962 model, described by Chevy General Manager Ed Cole as a car that offered "maximum functionalism with thrift."

The car was initially assembled next to the Corvair in Willow Run, Michigan, in three flavors: Chevy II 100, Chevy II 300, and Chevy II 400. By the way, the Chevy II nameplate was replaced by Nova in 1969 - initially, the Nova was the runner-up name as Chevy II was preferred because it started with a ’C’.

Would You Buy a Modern Chevy Nova If It Looked Like This?
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Would You Buy a Modern Chevy Nova If It Looked Like This?
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Short history talk aside, someone imagined a modern Chevy Nova and through pixel manipulation, came up with the renders you see here.

Instagram’s @wb.artist20 says his muse was the ’68 Chevy Nova and that the final styling you see here was inspired by "some of the newer Camaros to get the design language similar."

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but to us, this contemporary would-be Nova looks more like a Dodge to us. Maybe it’s the boxy front end or the rear trunk lid à la Challenger SRT Hellcat that plays this trick on our retinas, but we’re just saying it as we see it.

That’s not to say the render is completely ruined. Because it’s not. We particularly like the drama of the front end although we’re not sure how would that fare in terms of pedestrian safety.

Source: wb.artist20 via Instagram

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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