When I was very young, my parents had a Pontiac Catalina station wagon, a 1966, I think. One of my earliest memories involves standing up in the front seat between my between my mom and my dad, looking out the windshield as we cruised down the highway on a roadtrip somewhere. So I’ve got a soft spot for wagons from the 1960s. That’s part of the reason why the ’64 Nova station wagon is my favorite new casting since the ’68 Nova came out back in 2004.
The first real Chevy II was made in 1962, a basic compact car that would compete directly with the popular Ford Falcon. Originally the Nova badge was reserved for the high-end models. In 1964, the Chevy II was produced in a 4-door sedan, 2-door sedan, 2-door station wagon, 2-door sport coupe, and a 4-door station wagon like this casting. 1964 was also the first year that a V-8 option was offered, boosting the Nova’s appeal among drag racers.
So far, the Hot Wheels Nova station wagon has been produced in two colors, metallic aqua and metallic burgundy, both of which are pictured here.
Before I found the metallic burgundy version on a card, I saw it in a 9-car gift pack, so I have this loose version too.