Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Our last Alameda Nova was 6 months ago.

That means it's time for another example of The General's early-60s Falcon fighter. The Corvair was supposed to take on that role, but sales were nowhere near Falcon levels. You conspiracy theorists might take note that not only was the Corvair the victim of a Nader/hippie/Trilateral Commission cabal (out to undermine innovation and style in the American Way Of Life, and those of you who claim the Trilats didn't even get their start until 1973... well, that's exactly what they want you to believe!), but the Falcon was the product of a Robert MacNamara/liberal/Federal Reserve conspiracy to destroy the Edsel. That means the Nova is the car in the eye of the Automotive Conspiracy hurricane!

This Chevy lives on the same block as the '71 Valiant and just around the corner from the '71 VW Squareback. I'm on the road and don't have my reference library handy (yes, actual books) at the moment, so I'm going to go with my gut feeling and say this car is a '62 model, the first year of the Nova. Yes, I'm leaving myself open to the scorn of Chevy II fanatics the world over if I'm off by a year or two, but I can take it.

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