UNBagged: 1965 Chevrolet Nova Station Wagon – Sold!
May 20th Update: when we first featured this nicely patina’d Nova on April 29th, the seller offered the car for $11,500 with the bagged suspension still in place or $9,500 without. Fast forward three weeks and the seller decided to pull the air ride from this car to use on another project and dropped the price another $1,000 to $8,500. With the air ride gone, we wouldn’t offer more than $7,000 for this example as we’d want to put another system right back in!
There’s just something about the look of a classic car retrofitted with an air ride suspension that’s slammed to the ground while parked that gets us every time. The latest example is this 1965 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova four-door station wagon we came across on Craigslist in Strasburg, Pennsylvania with an asking price of $11,500. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Nova priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $12,500 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $7,600. While we note the seller is willing to sell his Nova without the Air Suspension for $2,000 less, we think that is still a bit optimistically price considering this example retains its less desirable inline-six engine.
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.
While you can purchase this Nova without the air rides suspension for two thousand less, why would you when it looks so cool with its patina combined with the American Racing five spokes tucked underneath. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Bagged 1965 Chevrolet Nova station wagon. Car has perfect patina but no rust underneath. Car was put away in a warehouse by the original owner in 1986 until I bought it 5 years ago. It has full air ride. Has RideTech ride pro air ride system setup with RideTech shockwaves on all 4 corners. 6K in air ride system alone. Has 17×8 Torque Thrust II wheels. This car is a great driver. Straight six cylinder engine with a powerglide automatic transmission. Drum brakes all around. Car is completely stock except for the bolt on suspension. Will sell for $9K without the air ride. No trades, no holds, won’t respond to dumb questions. Only selling because I bought a new project.“
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