You’ve in all probability heard the trope about how the Chevrolet Nova wasn’t offered in Latin America as a result of the identify interprets to “it doesn’t go.” That is an city legend that doesn’t go away contemplating the Latin phrase for “a star that all of the sudden will increase its mild output after which fades away to its former obscurity” is nova.
Nonetheless, the automobile often called the Chevy II and Nova to Individuals was offered beneath a unique identify, and a few of these automobiles confirmed up at a month-to-month assembly of the Membership Amigos de Chevrolet Buenos Aires.
The Chevy II was launched in Argentina because the Chevrolet 400 in 1962. Solely four-door sedans have been obtainable although, beginning in 1967, a Tremendous Sport sedan was launched. Apart of a extra highly effective 250 six and four-speed guide, the 400 Tremendous Sport additionally acquired quad headlights, styling we by no means acquired on our shores. Base fashions featured twin headlights, together with a sporty companion to the Tremendous Sport known as the Rally Sport, all with the straight-six.
Although manufacturing of this era in the united statesended in 1967, it continued into 1974 in Argentina. In the meantime, in August 1969, Common Motors de Argentina launched a restyled Chevy II that was produced concurrent with the Chevrolet 400. Nonetheless, the brand new automobile was known as the Chevy — that’s proper, a Chevrolet Chevy. The four-door sedan was joined by a coupe, with Tremendous Sport variants being obtainable for each.
There additionally was an upscale Chevy Malibu four-door model, in addition to a snazzy SS Serie 2 coupe, full with sporty striping and, in later years, Oldsmobile Tremendous Inventory II wheels. The Chevrolet Chevy was produced by way of 1978, all of the whereas holding the U.S.-spec automotive’s 1968 styling, although through the years there have been some distinctive styling (like parking lights on the outer edges of the grille) that differentiated these Argentinean autos from their American counterparts. A V8 was by no means obtainable.
Pablo Andreacchio, member of Membership Amigos de Chevrolet Buenos Aires and proprietor of a 1969 Chevrolet 400 Tremendous, despatched us footage of the membership’s June gathering on the Parque de la Ciudad in Buenos Aires, together with some vehicles.