Second Season: 1963 Chevrolet Nova SS Convertible – SOLD!
September 16, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this Nova SS “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
August 19, 2021 Update – After a one-month pause, the seller of this one-year-only 1963 Chevrolet Nova SS convertible just posted a fresh listing. The description, pictures, and asking price of $21,000 all remain the same.
July 15, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” unless we come across a new listing for it.
June 15, 2021 Update – After a brief one-week pause following the expiration of their original Craigslist ad, the private seller of this 1963 Chevrolet Nova SS convertible just posted a fresh listing for the same $21,000 asking price.
If you ever wanted a Chevrolet Chevy II Convertible from the factory, you only have two model years to choose from: either the launch year of 1962 or a nice example from 1963 such as this driver-quality, Nova SS convertible originally listed in June 2021 on Craigslist in Kent, New York (Rochester) with an asking price of $21,000. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Nova SS convertible priced between the current #3 “Good” estimate of $16,800 and the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $24,200 without factoring in a twenty percent premium for the SS trim. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review indicates the current asking price falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $19,350 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $27,700.
In 1962 and 1963 the Nova option for the Chevy II was available in a convertible body style, and a two-door hardtop was available from 1962 to 1965. While Chevrolet dropped hardtop when the 1964 models were first introduced, the brand subsequently brought the body style back to the line later in the model year. Like all Chevy two-door hardtops, GM’s entry-level division marketed the model as the Sport Coupe.
In 1963, the Chevy II Nova Super Sport was released, under RPO Z03. It featured special emblems, instrument package, wheel covers, side moldings, bucket seats, and floor shifter, and was available only on the 400 series sport coupe and convertible. The cost of the package was US$161.40. The Nova option could not officially have V8 engines at this time—the standard SS engine was the six-cylinder when the SS was a sport and appearance package, but as is the case with our example here, small-block V8 engine swaps were commonplace among enthusiasts.
This recently refreshed Nova gives off a complete “sleeper” vibe. If you’re looking for a great V8-powered, easy-to-work-on convertible that can fit your garage to pass the summer away, this may be the car for you.
Here’s the seller’s one-sentence description:
“1963 Nova S/S Convertible, Colorado car. Solid-no rust. Built 350 with Edelbrock carb & manifold. 4 speed Hurst Competition shifter. Rare factory gauges(no idiot lights). New aluminum radiator, shocks, exhaust, brakes, cylinders, hoses, kits, etc. New tires, front end parts, 5 lug axle. New top and interior. New driver quality paint. TMU”
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