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1968 Chevrolet Nova
The '68 Nova was completely restyled and shared many of the same mechanics and powertrain as the Camaro.

1968 Chevrolet Nova

The Nova was completely restyled for 1968 and also dropped the Chevy II name. Redesigned on a new 111-inch wheelbase chassis, and offered in just 2 and 4 coupes and sedans as the station wagon and two door hardtop were discontinued. The new 1968 Nova was redesigned alongside the Chevrolet Camaro and shared many of the mechanics and powertrains. For '68 the Nova offered much more power with a 350 V8 with 295 hp and the mighty Chevrolet 396 V8 big block. The powerhouse 375 hp 396 was capable of running a 13.85 second 1/4 mile at 104 mph. The 396 V8 with 375 hp had an 11:1 compression ratio, a big Holley four-barrel carb on an aluminum intake manifold, free-breathing heads, and solid lifters. Few muscle cars could match the light weight Nova when packed with the power plant 396. The SS package added SS badges, a black-accented grille and tail and simulated hood air intakes. The SS was listed as an option package from 1968 on, instead of a separate trim level like before.

1968 Chevrolet Nova Specifications

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Chevy II Nova Series 11 - Four-Cyl
11 69 4 Dr Sedan $2,229 2,790 lbs 1,270
11 27 2 Dr Coupe $2,199 2,760 lbs
Chevy II Nova Series 13 - Six-Cyl
13 69 4 Dr Sedan $2,291 2,890 lbs 146,300
13 27 2 Dr Coupe $2,261 2,860 lbs
Chevy II Nova Series 14 - V-8
14 69 4 Dr Sedan $2,396 Not Available 53,400
14 27 2 Dr Coupe $2,367 Not Available

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Chevy II Nova 111 in 190 in 73 in 59 in 58.9 in 7.35 x 14

VIN Numbers

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. Also the serial number was on the top of the dash, left side, visible thru windshield.
First Symbol - Manufacturer
1 = Chevrolet
Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Corvair 500 six-cylinder 33 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino/Custom Nomad six-cylinder
05 = Corvair Monza six-cylinder 34 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino/Custom Nomad V-8
07 = Corvair Corsa six-cylinder 35 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino six-cylinder
11 = Chevy II four-cylinder 36 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino V-8
R12 = Corvir Forward Control six-cylinder 37 = Chevelle Concours six-cylinder
13 = Chevy II Nova six-cylinder 38 = Chevelle Concours/Super Sport/El Camino SS V-8
14 = Chevy II Nova V-8 53 = Biscayne six-cylinder
15 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport six-cylinder 54 = Biscayne V-8
16 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport V-8 55 = Bel Air six cylinder
17 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 56 = Bel Air V-8
18 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 63 = Impala six-cylinder
23 = Camaro six-cylinder 64 = Impala V-8
24 = Camaro V-8 66 = Caprice
25 = Deluxe Camaro 67 = Impala Super Sport six-cylinder
26 = Deluxe Camaro 68 = Impala Super Sport V-8
31 = Chevelle 300/Std. Nomad six-cylinder 94 = Corvette
32 = Chevelle 300/Std. Nomad V-8  
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = two-door sedan 39 = four-door hardtop or sport sedan
15 = two-door station wagon 6p 45 = four-door station wagon 9p
17 = two-door hardtop 47 = two-door hardtop
27 = two-door sedan 67 = convertible
35 = four-door station wagon 6p 69 = four-door sedan
37 = two-door hardtop or sport coupe 87 = two-door hardtop
Sixth Symbol - Last Digit Of The Model Year
8 = 1968
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (R) Arlington, Texas
(C) Southgate, California (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Doraville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(F) Flint, Michigan (U) Lordstown, Ohio
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (W) Willow Run, Michigan
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (Y) Wilmington, Delaware
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (Z) Fremont, California
(L) Los Angeles, California (1) Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
(N) Norwood, Ohio (2) St. Therese, Quebec, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001
 

1968 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
BA 6-230 140 220 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
BB 6-230 140 220 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
BC 6-230 140 220 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
BD 6-230 140 220 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
BF 6-230 140 220 Powerglide 1 BC
BH 6-230 140 220 Powerglide 1 BC
CM 6-250 155 235 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
CN 6-250 155 235 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
CQ 6-250 155 235 Powerglide 1 BC
CR 6-250 155 235 Powerglide 1 BC
MB 8-307 200 300 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
MC 8-307 200 300 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
MD 8-307 200 300 Powerglide 2 BC
MK 8-327 * 275 355 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
ML 8-327 * 275 355 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
MM 8-327 * 275 355 Powerglide 4 BC
MN 8-350 295 380 Powerglide 4 BC
MQ 8-396 # 375 415 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
MR 8-396 * 350 415 Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 4 BC
MS 8-350 295 380 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
MU 8-350 295 380 Powerglide 4 BC
MX 8-396 * 350 415 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC

Notes:

  • # Special High Performance
  • * High Perfomance

1968 Chevrolet Nova Options

Description Description
All Season Air Conditioning Power Disc Brakes
Rear Positraction Rear Axle Power Steering
Console w/ Floor Mounted Shifter Vinyl Roof
Electric Clock Sport-Styled Steering Wheel
Heavy-Duty Clutch Stereo Tape System
250-cid/155-hp 6-Cyl Powerglide Transmission
327-cid/275-hp V-8 3-Speed Manual Transmission
327-cid/325-hp V-8 4-Speed Manual Transmission (close-ratio)
350-cid/295-hp V-8 4-Speed Manual Transmission (wide-ratio)
396-cid/350-hp V-8 Simulated Wire Wheel Covers
396-cid/375-hp V-8 Mag-Style Wheel Covers
Dual Exhaust Mag-Spoke Wheel Covers
Tinted Windows (all glass) Custom Exterior Group
Tinted Windshield Exterior Decor Package
Special Instrumentation Nova SS Option
Left-Hand Outside Remote Control Mirror Special Interior Package
Power Drum Brakes  

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
Powerglide (Corvair) On top of the case in the rear at 11 o'clock.
Powerglide Passenger (exc. Corvair) Immediately behind right hand machining lug with the bottom of the sticker parallel to mold flash.
Powerglide All models stamped on the right side of transmission oil pan.
Turbo Hydra-Matic Right hand vertical surface of transmission case
3-Speed Corvair and fully synchronized Passenger (exc. Warner Gear) transmissions stamped on square boss on left side below and rear of cover
4-Speed Passenger models (exc. Corvair) stamped on right side of case ahead of the extension.
4-Speed (Corvair) Stamped on boss on lower left side of case just below side cover.
 
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
N Muncie 4-Speed
W Warner Gear 3 and 4-Speed
P Muncie 4-Speed
R Saginaw 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed
M Muncie 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
T Toledo Powerglide
CA Hydra-Matic 3-Speed, Automatic Turbo Hydra-Matic
D Saginaw Overdrive
K McKinnon 3-Speed
E McKinnon Powerglide
O Saginaw Overdrive
X Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
B Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
Y Toledo Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
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: Stamped on differential carrier (along with date of manufacture) or on the axle tube near carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
BA, PB BB, PC 2.56 10 Bolt
BC BD 3.36 10 Bolt
BI, BP BQ, PX 2.73 12 Bolt
BL BR 3.07 12 Bolt
BM BS 3.31 12 Bolt
BN, PK, PL BT, PH 3.55 12 Bolt
BO BU 3.73 12 Bolt
  BV 4.10 12 Bolt
  BW 4.56 12 Bolt
  BX 4.88 12 Bolt
PA PE 3.08 10 Bolt
Manufacturer Identity
B - Buick C - Chevrolet Buffalo
O - Oldsmobile K - GM of Canada, St. Catharines
P - Pontiac M - GM of Canada
G - Chevrolet Gear & Axle  

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A - Tuxedo Black
Lucite® Code - 88L
Dulux® Code - 93-005

L - Teal Blue (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4893L
Dulux® Code - 4893D

C - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4024L
Dulux® Code - 93-37774

N - Cordovan Maroon (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4915LH
Dulux® Code - 4915DM

D - Grotto Blue (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4892L
Dulux® Code - 4892D

P - Seafrost Green (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4897L
Dulux® Code - 4897D

E - Fathom Blue (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4899L
Dulux® Code - 4899D

R - Matador Red
Lucite® Code - 4948LH
Dulux® Code - 4948DH

F - Island Teal (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4901L
Dulux® Code - 4901D

T - Palomino Ivory
Lucite® Code - 4895L
Dulux® Code - 4895D

G - Ash Gold (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4896L
Dulux® Code - 4896D

V - Sequoia Green (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4898L
Dulux® Code - 4898D

H - Grecian Green (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4902L
Dulux® Code - 4902D

Y - Butternut Yellow
Lucite® Code - 4620L
Dulux® Code - 93-96908

K - Tripoli Turquoise (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 4900L
Dulux® Code - 4900D

 
NOTES: The first letter of a two-letter paint code identifies the body color. The second letter identifies the roof color. (For example, the combination RA on a Chevrolet would indicate the body finished in Matador Red and the roof area in Tuxedo Black.) 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 cross-rail in the engine compartment. Corvette paint code plate is on the instrument panel brace, below the glove compartment.
 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Medium Gold (metallic) (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9478L

Dark Gray/Green (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 9485L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9457L (flat)

Dark Gold (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 9480L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9456L (flat

Medium Turquoise (metallic) (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9469LH

Dark Turquoise (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 9471LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9454LH (flat)

Midnight Gold (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 9489L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9459L (flat)

Medium Blue (metallic) (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9461LH

Medium Saddle (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9475L

Dark Blue (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 9463LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9452LH (flat)

Dark Saddle (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 9488L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9458L (flat)

Red (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 4688LH

Medium Teal (metallic) (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9465L

Dark Red
Lucite® Code - 9385LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9201LM (flat)

Dark Teal (metallic)
Lucite® Code - 9467LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9453LH (flat)

Black
Lucite® Code - 88L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 4428L (flat)

Medium Gray/Green (metallic) (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9483L

NOTE: Unpolished LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use 1/2 oz. DuPont #4528 flattening compound to a pint of unreduced color.

 

Striping Colors

Striping Colors Station Wagon Wood Grain Touch-Up Colors

Black
Lucite® Code - 88

Dark Tan
Lucite® Code - 9427L

White/Ivory
Lucite® Code - 4024L

Light Tan
Lucite® Code - 9548L

 

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Black - Gray - Aqua 389 - 259

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