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Spirit of America Nova
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SOA Nova, Joe Brasier With the U.S. bicentennial approaching (not to mention an onslaught of strange, new imported cars from Japan), Chevrolet introduced a patriotic red, white and blue Spirit of America package (RPO Z51) for 1974. Patriotic fever must have been widespread at Chevrolet, as the company also offered Spirit of America packages for the Vega, and even the Impala. The Spirit of America package cost $399 extra in 1974. The top engine option that year was the 185-horsepower, four-barrel, dual exhaust 350. There were a total 14,463 built in 1974.

(Source: "Nova SS", by: Steve Statham, Muscle Car Color History, Motorbooks International, 1997)


1974 Spirit of America Nova - RPO Z51

Model Availability

  • Custom Nova hatchback - 1Y17

Power Train Availability

  • 250 L6 1V L22
  • 350 V8 2V L65
  • 350 V8 4V LM1
  • 350 V8 4V L48

Equipment (used in addition to or in place of standard equipment)

  • Exterior
    • Exterior paint, white, code 11
    • White RPO-ZJ7 Rally wheels and trim rings with red, white and blue insterts on "SS" type hub caps
    • Hood decal stripes
    • Side decal stripes (front fender and door)
    • Roof and rear quarter decal stripes
    • Decal stripes around top and sides of taillamps
    • "NOVA" with Eagle motif decals on fender side and deck lid to replace fender and deck lid "NOVA" emblems
    • "NOVA" name decal on hood to replace die-cast nameplate
    • Black RPO-CB1 Touring type vinyl roof
    • Black paint treatment around side windows (same as "SS" model)
    • Black painted grille (same as "SS" model)
    • Black painted RPO-D35 sport mirrors (same as "SS" model)

  • Interior
    • White vinyl custom bucket front seats with white vinyl rear seat
    • White vinyl custom door and quarter trim with red, white and blue trim on door applique replacing woodgrain
    • Red accent carpeting
    • Black instrument panel, steering column, wheel and horn shroud with a red, white and blue insert on shroud

  • Chassis
    • RPO-QEE White stripe tires

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