The thing that we can sometimes forget when we go to car shows full of 60s Detroit iron is that the Chevy II/Nova was sold as a cheap economy car. A starter car. At the car shows, you'll see obsessively restored examples, usually loaded with every possible option... but there was a time when beat-to-hell Novas were as common as trashed Cavaliers are today.
That's why it was nice to run across this daily-driver beater convertible in Alameda's West End. I spotted it right around the corner from the brown '74 Porsche 911 Targa.