The 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS saw even more radical changes. With the muscle era on the wane, Chevy dropped the 396 from the Nova in ’71. The surviving 350 two-barrel had 245 horses while the four-barrel offered 270. An 8.5:1 compression ratio allowed these engines to burn regular gas.
Gone along with the front-fender hash marks were many of the SS’s mechanical and chassis upgrade options. Nova SS output skidded to 7015 units. Late in the ’71 model year, Chevy brought out the Rally Nova, essentially a tarted-up SS.
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