On February 22nd, 1964, a green and white four door 1964 Chevy II Nova was sold to Donavan Ellison at the famous Fred Gibb Chevrolet dealership in LaHarpe, Illinois. The Nova was a 194-inline six cylinder, three-speed on the column with dealer installed Fingerhut seat covers.
Ellison drove the Nova for a short while until diabetes got the best of him. With Ellison loosing both of his legs and confined to a nursing home, the car was put into storage with only 6,500 miles on it.
On April 3rd, 1989 John McDaniels Jr. Used Cars in Kahoka, Missouri purchased the car. Being a dealer, he didn't have to transfer the title. McDaniels fixed a few problems that needed addressed due to sitting in storage all of those years. Battery, fan belt, muffler & tailpipe, thermostat, water pump and points...just to name a few.
On May 27th, 1997 the original title was transferred to myself, Grant Cushman, with the miles at a mere 7,430. New rims and tires soon made it onto the car. The original bias ply tires became too scary to drive on. Fourteen-inch Chevy Rally wheels with white letter tires were installed.
I drove the car on weekends for a few years when I came to terms that it just wasn't practical for a college student to be making payments on such a non-practical car.
The car was sold to a car collector named Alan Hecht of Fort Madison, Iowa. This was a great deal for me because Alan is a close friend of mine. He was actually the one who showed me the car back in 1997. Not only did I sell the car to a great friend, Alan would let me drive the car whenever I felt the need.
After owning the car for a few years, Alan ended up selling the car back to John McDaniels. It sat in storage for a while until Alan decided he needed it back. Over the next couple of years, Alan did a laundry list of necessary repairs and there is a binder of receipts to prove it.
In 2010 my wife and I got married and Alan offered the use of the Nova for the wedding. We put about a thousand miles on it in the short time he let us borrow it. Needless to say... I fell in love with the car again, and so did my wife.
With the changing economy and a new job for Alan, he came to me and asked if I would be interested in owning the Nova again. After much debate, my wife and I decided what my Christmas present was going to be. For Christmas 2010 I received a 1964 Chevy II Nova with just over 16,000 miles. What a great Christmas!
The spring and summer of 2010 my wife and I put 3,500 miles on it. We really enjoy the car...but with limited space and other plans for the future, we are interested in selling a great piece of our past.
With a heavy heart...I hate to see her go...but who better to own the Nova then a true Chevy II enthusiast. The Nova has been sold and will be on it's way to New Jersey Monday morning (November 7th, 2011). The new buyer is flying out to Iowa and driving all the way back to New Jersey.