16. Chevrolet Nova SS
The Chevrolet Nova was the famous Bow Tie compact car they introduced first as the Chevy II in the early ‘60s. The small, affordable model was nothing more than a scaled-down Chevelle or Impala. However, by the end of the ‘60s, the Nova got some serious street credibility because it became a favorite street racer weapon. In fact, it was the combination of the lightweight body and potent V8 engine that made it go so fast.
Chevrolet introduced the SS 350 and SS 396 versions in 1968 and ‘69 that were extremely fast. They didn’t change the 1970 model, so it still retained its classic styling and two powerful V8 engines as an option. In fact, some independent tuners like Yenko even offered their own brutally fast 427 conversions.