Thursday, April 26, 2018
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My First Car: '72 Chevy Nova 350 turbo, Bill Wolf, Palm Harbor

'72 Chevy Nova 350

In August of 1971, I returned from Vietnam and had enrolled in college. Needing a car, I went to the Chevrolet dealership in Buffalo, N.Y., where a friend was a salesman. I proceeded to peruse the new car brochures and settled on a 1972 Nova. I special-ordered it with a 350-cubic-inch engine, 4-barrel carb, turbo automatic with black metallic paint and pin-striping. Because of the winters in Buffalo, I sprang for undercoating the vehicle. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1975. The Nova did me well, getting me back and forth from Kenmore, N.Y., to Boca Raton numerous times. She had wonderful over-the-road handling and took the hills in West Virginia with no problem. Gas mileage was only about 12 miles per gallon, but worth it for the extra horsepower. The winters in New York, with salt on the road, rusted out the rear wheel wells. That and a growing family necessitated me selling her and transitioning into a station wagon.

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