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1965-1972 Chevrolet Nova SS


1972 Chevrolet Nova SS

The Chevrolet Nova SS' final performance season was 1972. This was the year Detroit turned to net horsepower ratings, that is, engine power with all the accessories attached and running. Thus, the Nova SS with the 350 four-barrel had 200 net horsepower. That translated to 260 gross horsepower on the dynamometer.

The SS was again little changed, although the three-speed manual shift was dropped, forcing the buyer to pay extra for a four-speed manual or Turbo Hydra-Matic.

The ’72 Nova SS was still a good performer for its day. Hot Rod clocked a four-barrel 350 at 15.42 at 88.40 mph in the quarter. Nova SS production spiked to 12,309 for 1972, as the death of muscle cars from other makers sent enthusiasts to Chevy showrooms.

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