When this Hot Wheels casting came out in 2004 the floodgates opened for me as a collector. I had grown up around several of the third generation Novas – 4 of my older brothers drove them at various times. The first car I bought for myself was a 1973 Nova 2-door hatchback and it was my daily driver for 10 years. I don’t have every version ever made, but I have quite a few and I’ve managed to collect some interesting variations along the way.
This is the one that started if off, and still one of my favorites. I love the metalflake steel blue of this 2004 First Editions casting.
In those early days, I was still taking a lot of my cars out of the package, so I only have this Motor City Muscle version loose. It really shines in metalflake antifreeze green and Real Rider tires.
Here’s another loose variation from the 2005 Robo Revenge 5-Pack.
The casting looks pretty fine in redlines!
I saw the 2006 Neo-Classics version when it was first offered on the Hot Wheels collector’s website, but by the time I was able to try to by one, they were sold out. Fortunately, I picked one up not too much later on eBay.
The Hot Wheels Classics is one of my favorite series. Even though it seems like cheating to put a 2004 casting into a series that celebrates the original Hot Wheels releases, I’m glad they included the ’68 Nova. I have two of the three colors that were released.
L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame dark orange w/black & white trim | RL5SP
L0749 | 2007 Hot Wheels Classics #21 | ’68 Chevy Nova | spectraflame gold w/black & white trim | RL5SP
Package variations are always fun. Here’s the 2008 Team: Muscle Mania Nova on both the regular and short cards.
The Since ’68 series is another one that the Nova casting doesn’t seem to belong to. But I love this variation because it reminds me of the yellow Rally Nova that my brother used to own.
The 2009 Faster Than Ever Nova came out in at least two colors, including the black and copper versions shown here. I also have the copper version on a snowflake card, shown below.
The ’68 Nova has made appearances in several multipacks over the years, sometimes with unique decoration.
(left) X6999 | 2013 Hot Wheels Various Multipacks | 1968 Nova | metalflake green w/light green, beige & gray trim | chrome & black MC5
(center) B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue/white | 5SP
(right) P2456 | 2009 Target 10-Pk | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper w/black trim | OH5SP
There is also an alternate tool (which I actually prefer), with the hood from the Nova SS. This was found in the 2010 10-pack in several color variations.
(left) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | metalflake dark blue w/white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)
(center) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | metalflake gray w/gray trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)
(right) 54886 | 2010 Hot Wheels 10-Pk | ’68 Nova | orange w/white trim | 5SP | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)
The 2010 Happy Birthday Nova is a striking orange, black and yellow variation.
In 2011, the ’68 Nova got a 427 and some special speed bunny stripes for the Easter Eggsclusives release.
Also in 2011, the alternate tool version appeared in at least two sharp colors in the Street Beasts series.
Another fun variation from 2011 was the Racing Kits 2-Pack which included a yellow ’68 Nova, a section of road in disrepair, a cone, a barricade, and a Nissan Skyline to race.
For 2012, the ’68 Nova was part of the HW Racing team in two color variations.
The ’68 Nova was once again featured as an Easter car in 2013, this time with a flamed-out paint job.
The alternate tool version showed up again in the 2013 Retro Entertainment series as Eddie Murphy’s beat up Nova from the Beverly Hills Cop movie.
And finally, another tooling of the third-generation Nova – this one a 1970 model cast with an opening hood, came out in the 2008 40th Anniversary 100% series.