We found this Artesian Turquoise 1965 Chevrolet Nova Wagon near Leesburg, Virginia here on Craigslist where the private seller currently has it listed for $9,250. Based on the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide, the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” values for this vintage Nova currently sit at $12,100, $22,400, and $36,900, respectively so we consider this wagon to be very nicely priced.
Chevrolet launched the more conventional first generation Chevy II in 1962 after the Ford Falcon outsold the radical VW Beetle inspired Corvair in 1960. Chevrolet produced the first generation cars from 1962 through 1965. The wagon featured here is decked out in the top level Nova trim, as these cars are more commonly known as. The Chevy II’s design was unique in that a front subframe connected to a unitized body assembly from the firewall back.
The private seller states his Nova now as a 400 cubic inch V8 connected to TurboHydramtic 350 automatic transmission that sends power to a positraction-equipped rear end. He also reports the body work and repaint is in his words “eight-to-ten years old” so while it seems to present well in the pictures provided, an in-person inspection will help identify how well it has held up. The seller also states that the roof has been plasti-dipped white.
Unfortunately, the seller neglected to provide any pictures of the engine and we’ll defer you to his post to get a description of all the modifications installed in the powertrain. At this price, it appears you can get a solid “diamond in the rough” example of a Nova Wagon you can enjoy now while you make upgrades along the way. Personally, the first thing we would do is install a Vintage Air A/C system (and remove that dated fan in the cargo area!), replace the carpets, and switch out the red(?) wheels with more appropriate chrome units. Good luck with the purchase!