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1963 Chevrolet Nova
The 1963 Chevrolet Nova now offerred an SS package in 1963.

1963 Chevrolet Nova

A new grille insert and additional trim spruced up the look for the compact 1963 Chevy II Nova which also now offered its own SS package as a new option for Nova 400 Convertibles and Sports Coupes. Sporting SS emblems, a silvery taillight panel, bright side molding, the SS option carried a additional price tag of $161.00 and could be packaged with the $42.00 14-inch wheel option with spinner hubcaps for a much sportier look. Novas could not "officially" be ordered with the V8 engines yet, as the standard SS engine was the six-cylinder —although many ended up with a small-block V8 under the hood as it proved a mighty combination of power and light weight for many drag racers.

 

1963 Chevrolet Nova Specifications and Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Chevy II Series 100 - Four-Cyl
01 69 4 Dr Sedan $2,040 2,445 lbs Note 1,2
01 11 2 Dr Sedan $2,003 2,430 lbs
01 35 2 Dr Station Wagon $2,338 2,725 lbs
Chevy II Series 100 - Six-Cyl
01 69 4 Dr Sedan $2,099 2,545 lbs Note 1,2
01 11 2 Dr Sedan $2,062 2,520 lbs
01 35 2 Dr Station Wagon $2,397 2,810 lbs
Chevy II Series 300 - Four-Cyl
03 69 4 Dr Sedan $2,121 2,470 lbs Note 1,2
03 11 2 Dr Sedan $2,084 2,440 lbs
03 45 4 Dr Station Wagon $2,516 2,810 lbs
Chevy II Series 300 - Six-Cyl
03 69 4 Dr Sedan $2,180 2,560 lbs Note 1,2
03 11 2 Dr Sedan $2,143 2,530 lbs
03 45 4 Dr Station Wagon $2,575 2,900 lbs
Chevy II Nova Series 400 - Six-Cyl
04 49 4 Dr Sedan $2,235 2,590 lbs Note 1,2,3
04 37 2 Dr Sport Coupe $2,262 2,590 lbs
04 67 2 Dr Convertible $2,472 2,760 lbs
04 35 4 Dr Station Wagon $2,494 2,835 lbs

Notes:

  • Production totals were recorded by body style only. Totals for 1962 were: 4 Dr Sedan - 146,097, 4 Dr Station Wagon - 72,274, 2 Dr Hardtop Sport Coupe - 59,586, 2 Dr Sedan - 42,017, and 2 Dr Convertible - 24,823
  • Total for 1963 was 375,600. This included 50,400 in the 100 Series (48,200 6-cyl, 2,200 V-8); 78,800 in the 300 Series (77,700 6-cyl, 1,100 V-8); 171,100 in the Nova 400 Series and 75,300 station wagons (74,800 6-cyl, 30 V-8, 470 4-cyl); of the station wagons 67,347 had 2-seats and 7,927 had 3-seats.
  • 42,432 Nova SS (Sport Coupes & Convertibles)

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Chevy II 110 in 183 in 69.9 in 56.8 in 56.3 6.00 x 13
Chevy II Station Wagon 110 in 187.4 in 69.9 in 56.8 in 56.3 6.50 x 13
Chevy II Nova 110 in 183 in 69.9 in 56.8 in 56.3 6.00 x 13

Vin Decoding

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.

First Symbol - Year
3 = 1963

Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Chevy II (4-cyl) 14 = Impala SS (V-8)
02 = Chevy II 15 = Bel Air 1500 Series (6-cyl)
04 = Chevy II Nova 16 = Bel Air 1600 Series (V-8)
05 = Corvair 500 Series (6-cyl) 17 = Impala 1700 Series (6-cyl)
06 = Corvair 600 Monza Spyder (6-cyl) 18 = Impala 1800 Series (V-8)
07 = Corvair Deluxe 700 Series (6-cyl) 53 = Chevelle & Std. El Camino (6-cyl)
08 = Corvette 54 = Chevelle & Std. El Camino (V-8)
09 = Corvair Monza/Spyder 900 Series (6-cyl) 55 = Chevelle Malibu & Custom El Camino (6-cyl)
11 = Biscayne 1100 Series (6-cyl) 56 = Chevelle Malibu & Custom El Camino (V-8)
12 = Biscayne 1200 Series (V-8) 57 = Chevelle Malibu SS (6-cyl)
13 = Impala SS (6-cyl) 58 = Chevelle Malibu SS (V-8)
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = 2dr Sedan 41 = 2dr Sedan
15 = 2 dr Station Wagon (6P) 45 = 4dr Station Wagon (9P)
19 = 4dr Sedan 47 = 2dr Sport Coupe
27 = 2dr Sedan 49 = 4dr Sedan
35 = 4dr Station Wagon (6P) 67 = 2dr Convertible
37 = 2dr Hardtop or Sport Coupe 69 = 4dr Sedan
39 = 4dr Hardtop or Sport Sedan 70 = Sedan Delivery
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (W) Willow Run, Michigan
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

1963 Chevrolet Nova Options

Description Description
Air Conditioning Push-Button Radio w/ Antenna & Rear Speaker
Rear Armrest Manual Radio & Antenna
Rear Bumper Guard Push-Button Radio & Antenna
Front Seat Belts Divided Second Seat (station wagon)
Grille Guard Super Sport Equipment
Heavy-Duty Brakes Full Wheel Covers
Comfort & Convenience Group Wire Wheel Covers
Tinted Windows (all glass) White Sidewall Tires
Tinted Windshield Positraction Rear Axle
Padded Dash Heavy-Duty Radiator
Luggage Rack (station wagon) Heavy-Duty Clutch
Two-Tone Paint Delcotron 42-amp Generator
Power Brakes Powerglide Transmission
Power Steering 283-cid V-8 (dealer installed)
Power Tailgate Window (station wagon) 327-cid V-8 (dealer installed)
Power Convertible Top  

1963 Chevrolet Nova Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl-- Stamped on a pad behind the distributor on right side of block. 8-Cyl-- Stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
EG 6-194 120 177 Powerglide 1 BC
H 6-194 120 177 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
HB 6-194 120 177 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
HF 6-194 120 177 Powerglide 1 BC

Notes

  • There was 283-cid V-8 and 327-cid V-8 options from the dealer.

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed (Corvair) Stamped on boss on lower left side of case just below side cover.
Powerglide (Corvair) On top of the case in the rear at 11 o'clock.
Powerglide Stamped on the bottom of oil pan
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
W Warner Gear 3-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed
M Muncie 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
T Toledo Powerglide
D Saginaw Overdrive
K McKinnon 3-Speed
E McKinnon Powerglide
O Saginaw Overdrive
A Cleveland 2-Speed, Manual Powerglide

*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions (exc. Warner Gear) will carry a production code number such as: C1116N (C = Cleveland Powerglide, 11 = November, 16 = 16th, N = Night Shift). The Warner Gear transmissions will carry a production code number such as: WG1031 (W = Warner Gear 4-Spd., G = July, 10 = 10th, 7 = 1967, 1 = First Shift).

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
DB DF, DH 3.08 (std. lining) 10 Bolt
DJ DK 3.08 (metallic lining) 10 Bolt
DA DE 3.36 (std. lining) 10 Bolt
DL DM 3.36 (metallic lining) 10 Bolt
DC DD 3.55 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
DN DP 3.55 (metallic lining) 12 Bolt

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

900 - Tuxedo Black
Lucite® Code - 88
Dulux® Code - 93-005

922 - Ember Red
Lucite® Code - 4387LH
Dulux® Code - 93-95896H

905 - Laurel Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4255L
Dulux® Code - 181-95185

923 - Riverside Red
Lucite® Code - 2931LH
Dulux® Code - 93-93037H

908 - Ivy Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4394L
Dulux® Code - 181-96219

932 - Saddle Tan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4392L
Dulux® Code - 181-96217

912 - Silver Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4250L
Dulux® Code - 181-95180

934 - Cordovan Brown Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4393L

914 - Monaco Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4391L
Dulux® Code - 181-96000
936 - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4024L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

916 - Daytona Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4395L
Dulux® Code - 181-96220

938 - Adobe Beige
Lucite® Code - 4256L
Dulux® Code - 93-95186

918 - Azure Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4253L
Dulux® Code - 181-95183

940 - Satin Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4247L
Dulux® Code - 181-95176

919 - Marine Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4390LH
Dulux® Code - 181-95998H

941 - Sebring Silver (FIRE-FROST)
Lucite® Code - 867-96417

920 - Autumn Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4257L
Dulux® Code - 181-95187

948 - Palomar Red Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4389LM
Paint Code Color Name Paint Code Color Name
950 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Tuxedo Black (900)
970 (Upper) Adobe Beige (938)
(Lower) Autumn Gold Metallic (920)
954 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Laurel Green Metallic (905)
971 (Upper) Adobe Beige (938)
(Lower) Saddle Tan Metallic (932)
959 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Silver Blue Metallic (912)
972 (Upper) Adobe Beige (938)
(Lower) Ermine White (936)
962 (Upper) Silver Blue Metallic (912)
(Lower) Monaco Blue Metallic (914)
973 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Ember Red Metallic (922)
963 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Azure Aqua Metallic (918)
984 (Upper) Ermine White (936)
(Lower) Satin Silver Metallic (940)
967 (Upper) Azure Aqua Metallic (918)
(Lower) Marine Aqua Metallic (919)

NOTES: General Motors paint code plate for all models except Corvair and Corvette is located under the hood at the top of the firewall on the left or right of the upper shroud. Corvair paint code plate is on the left rear wheel housing. Corvette paint code plate is under the dash, below the glove compartment.

 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

Ivory
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Fawn Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

Medium Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

Dark Fawn Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Dark Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Saddle Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Light Red
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Saddle
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Red
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

Medium Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Red Metallic
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Black
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Medium Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - (semi-gloss)

   

NOTE: Unrubbed LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original unrubbed interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use DuPont #4528 flattening compound to reduce gloss.

 

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