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.
B3532 | 2004 First Editions #5 | Nova 1968 | metalfake steel blue/white | 5SP
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.
C2642 | 2004 Hot Wheels Affinity Motor City Muscle (3/4) | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalfake antifreeze green w/magenta & white trim | RR5S
Here’s another loose variation from the 2005 Robo Revenge 5-Pack.
G6916 | 2005 Robo Revenge 5-Pk | 1968 Nova | metalfake brown w/white, orange & black trim | 5SP
The casting looks pretty fine in redlines!
J3424 | 2006 Red Line Series #3 | 1968 Nova | metalflake purple w/Red Line Series tampo on sides | RL5SP
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.
K3385 | 2006 HWC Neo-Classics #3 | 1968 Nova | spectraflame blue w/blue flames | RL
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.
M6894 | 2008 Team: Muscle Mania #4 | ’68 Nova | red w/white, yellow & silver trim | black OH5SP
M6894 | 2008 Team: Muscle Mania #4 (Short Card) | ’68 Nova | red w/white, yellow & silver trim | black OH5SP
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.
M1562 | 2008 Since ’68 Series 13 of 40 | ’68 Nova | pearl yellow w/black, gray & red trim | RL
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.
P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | black w/gold trim | FTE
P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper w/black trim | FTE
P2456 | 2009 Faster Than Ever #10 (snowflake card) | Chevy Nova | metalflake copper w/black trim | FTE
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.
R7936 | 2010 Happy Birthday | ’68 Chevy Nova | orange w/black & yellow trim | yellow & black OH5SP
In 2011, the ’68 Nova got a 427 and some special speed bunny stripes for the Easter Eggsclusives release.
V3691 | 2011 Easter Eggsclusives (WalMart Exclusive) | ’68 Nova | metalflake dark blue & gray w/silver & black trim | 5SP
Also in 2011, the alternate tool version appeared in at least two sharp colors in the Street Beasts series.
V0015 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 | ’68 Chevy Nova | metalflake blue w/white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)
T9789 | 2011 Street Beasts #02 | ’68 Chevy Nova | satin green w/white trim | chrome & black MC5 | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)
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.
V0104 | 2011 Racing Kits 2-Pack 3/12 (Street Race) | ’68 Nova | yellow w/black, white & gray trim | chrome & black OH5SP | With road, barricade, cone and Nissan Skyline
For 2012, the ’68 Nova was part of the HW Racing team in two color variations.
V5475 | 2012 HW Racing #01 | ’68 Nova | metalflake blue w/white, red & yellow trim | red MC5
V5576 | 2012 HW Racing #01 | ’68 Nova | black w/silver, red & yellow trim | chrome MC5
The ’68 Nova was once again featured as an Easter car in 2013, this time with a flamed-out paint job.
Y2088 | 2013 Hot Wheels Easter (WalMart Exclusive) 5/8 | ’68 Chevy Nova | black & red w/purple gold & beige flames | 5SP
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.
X8933 | 2013 Retro Entertainment Series Beverly Hills Cop | ’68 Chevy Nova | blue primer with white top | RRSC | Alternate tool (no hood scoop)
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.
M1679 | 2008 100% Hot Wheels 40th Anniversary | ’70 Chevy Nova #13 | gold |RR