The 1971 Chevrolet Nova came with a wide offering of color schemes, with the newly introduced Rally Nova offering special graphics. The Nova remained nearly identical to the 1970 model, aside from some changes in the engine options. Although popular in the mid-to-late 1960s, the Nova lost some of its thunder when the Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 1967.
The Chevy Nova was always ripe for customization with some added muscle. Like the Chevelle, Camaro and El Camino, the Nova also received the Super Sport performance package. Up until the 1971 model, buyers could order the Nova SS with the big 396-cubic-inch V-8 engine. For 1971, the Nova SS was equipped with the 350 V-8. In that year, there were 21 color options available. The Nova SS featured "SS" badging, optional racing stripes, extra chrome trim and sport-oriented equipment options. New for 1971 was a "Rally" kit. The Rally Nova featured white or black stripes from the hood to the rear deck, a blacked-out grille and Rally Nova badging on the driver's side hood. It also came with a body-colored side mirror, which was unusual for the era. Between the immense popularity of the Camaro and the highly-publicized new 1971 Vega, Nova sales suffered. Chevy sold 194,878 1971 Novas, including 7,015 Super Sport versions.
General Motors colors for the 1971 Nova were Antique White, Nevada Silver, Silver Steel, Tuxedo Black, Ascot Blue, Command Blue, Mediterranean Blue, Mulsanne Blue, Cottonwood Green, Lime Green, Antique Green and Sea Aqua. The lighter colors were Sunflower Yellow, Placer Gold, Champagne Gold, Sandalwood, Mesa Sand, Burnt Orange, Rosewood, Classic Copper and Cranberry Red.
Cars more than four decades old and older may not have their original paint color. The best way to identify the correct color of a 1971 Nova is examine the trim, or cowl tag. Model years 1968 to 1979 Novas have the cowl tag affixed to the driver's side of the cowl, or firewall, in the engine compartment, above the master cylinder. The cowl tag provides a wealth of data on the Nova, including the build date, model series and style, year of manufacture, the assembly plant where it was built, interior trim, exterior paint color and factory options. The interior trim code tells the owner the color, material and type of seats of the Nova.
The Right Color
Chevy's cowl tag has "Body by Fisher" inscribed at the top. To the lower right is "Body Paint" and to the lower left is a number that identifies the 1971 Nova's body color. The number "24," for example, identifies the Nova's color as Ascot Blue, and "19" stands for Tuxedo Black.