The Chevy II car line underwent its most extensive styling change for 1968. At the same time, the Chevy II Nova SS was granted a new high-performance personality. A 350-cubic-inch four barrel was made the base engine for the ’68 Nova SS. Proven in the ’67 Camaro RS/SS, it cranked out 295 horsepower. Late in the model run Chevrolet added to the SS options list two 396s, the 350-horsepower L34 and the 375-horsepower L78. With the $500.30 solid-lifter L78 option, the giant-killer Nova SS 396 could hit 100 mph in 14 seconds.
As a reasonably priced $211 option package, the basic ’68 Nova SS offered go for the dough, but without many frills. There was no hardtop, for example, just a frumpy two-door pillared sedan with a low-key SS appearance group and fake hood air intakes. Even the E70´14 Tiger Paw tires surrounded humdrum Chevy II hubcaps. Bucket seats, console, and full instrumentation were options.
Sales went soft that year, with just 5571 Nova SS models built, including 234 L34s and 667 L78s.
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