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Chevrolet Nova SS Hi-Thrift — 1965

Improbably great condition, unusually well-preserved with a delightful history. A Swedish-sold little Chevy with extensive documentation, three owners.

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"For those who appreciate originality, documentation, history, and not least that which is so hard to put a finger on, charisma and feeling – it doesn't get much better than this."

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Peter Sundfeldt
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Rebecca R Bengtsson
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"For those who appreciate originality, documentation, history, and not least that which is so hard to put a finger on, charisma and feeling – it doesn't get much better than this."


Manufactured in Canada at the Ottawa factory for export cars. It arrived in Sweden as early as April 1965, but was not delivered until January 1966 by the GM dealer Rönne-Lotz in Halmstad where the new owner's husband, incidentally, was also a salesman. He had a company car and also an old 'folka' (popular term for Volkswagen Beetle) which he drove regularly. Therefore, the Nova was registered in his wife's name, and as a result, it was driven very sparingly, not in the winter, and was very carefully maintained. All inspection protocols from the first one in 1968 and onwards are archived, and even the original registration certificate is preserved. When the owner couple participated in a vintage vehicle exhibition in Norrvikens Trädgårdar in 1994, a man approached and admired the car, and they began discussing a potential purchase. It happened, and with the new owner, the beautiful Nova was used and showcased a bit more. There were many outings and visits to car meets. And there were awards. In the magazine Bilsport, it was voted to the finals with 9 other cars in the "Sweden's Most Beautiful Car" competition in 1995, where the Nova reportedly came in 3rd place in the voting. At the Classic Car Week a few years later, the car and its owner were also specially invited, hence the abundance of Classic Car Week decals on the windows. The current owner assisted the previous owner in caring for the car for 20 years and took over its guardianship a couple of years ago. The last, and thus final, inspection was carried out on April 11, 2017.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    83 220 km 
  • Kw / hp
    71 / 97 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour
    Tropic Turquoise  


  • Mechanical condition:

    The straight-line Thriftmaster-six with its 120 SAE horsepower and the three-speed column-shifted gearbox feels delightfully smooth and broken-in, as do the brakes, steering, and chassis. The power figure declared on the valve cover doesn't match the Vehicle Registry or other data. The discrepancies relate to power standards, DIN and SAE. Apart from the two-line registration plate and mudguards, the car has another Sweden-specific feature; it's been equipped with automatic low-beam headlights, probably in 1977 when the low-beam law came into effect. It's more stylish than installing yellow marker lights, at least.

  • Interior condition:

    Smooth and delightful vinyl seats in a turquoise hue similar to the paint. Back then, they were called bucket seats, meaning there wasn't a full bench in the front, but there wasn't much in terms of contouring or lateral support either. Instead, the entire interior feels like a beautifully executed art installation with a fittingly restrained early 1960s American design. And everything is in an exemplary untouched and unworn condition. However, the trunk space isn't entirely untouched; there lies a neatly cut rubber mat that partly covers the sound insulation material that the second owner had installed. Easy to remove if desired.

  • Exterior condition:

    Untouched beautiful turquoise metallic paint combined with lovely hubcaps and sleek chrome. Good 14" radial tires with a subtle and stylish white stripe, Goodyear in the front and General in the back.

  • General condition:

    A car that ticks all the boxes. Few owners, a complete and well-documented history, award-winning, beautifully preserved both technically, externally, and internally. And of course, the stylish two-line registration plate at the back and the lovely mudguards that send important signals to those who geek out over such details. I, the undersigned, am completely and subjectively one of them.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 1997-08-31 (Konvert)
Ursprungsbesiktning: 1966-01-17 (typbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 1966-01-17
Senast godkända besiktning: 2017-04-11
Besiktningsbefirad: Ja
Skattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Nej
Antal ägare: 3

Facts about the model

It's actually called the Chevy II and was the smaller car in Chevrolet's lineup. The model was available in various equipment series and body options; sedan, wagon, convertible, and 2-door hardtop like the auction car. The name Nova appeared in the most upscale series, the 400. In one of the model series, a four-cylinder engine with 90 horsepower was also offered in addition to the robust six-cylinder Thriftmaster engine. Eventually, V8s also found their way into the first generation of Novas, and a 2-door hardtop with the largest 327 engine producing 300 horsepower became a very spirited and lively little family car. This is why many Novas also became racing and drag racing cars, and many six-cylinder cars were converted to V8s. It's especially delightful, then, that the auction car has remained untouched in its somewhat basic version with the pleasant, thrifty six-cylinder and the tried-and-true three-speed manual transmission.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Mellbystrand/Laholm

For viewing the vehicle, contact the inspector/case manager:

Peter Sundfeldt
+46 0705-38 80 22

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Collection must take place before: 2024-04-04.

NOTE! Payment (deposit to our account) must be made within 5 days and before collection.

Auction information

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