One thing that north-of-the-border Bow-Tie fans have going is the ability to document their Novas. What I mean by this is that any Nova built in Canada or imported into Canada from the U.S. can be documented with one phone call! Most Chevy lovers have never heard of this process. It is a system we can only dream of here in the United States.
When I first found out about this cool service, we had purchased a ’67 Nova wagon right-hand drive that was a correct car. As word of mouth traveled, I received a tip from someone to call the Oshawa plant in Canada. That led me to George Zapora. What we received from the plant archives was a typed document listing all the information about the car. With this documentation we also received a copy of the production manifest sheet. This sheet came with about 20 cars listed on it with our car highlighted in the middle of the page. In this single line was all of the info on the typed sheet plus the key codes to the car! You could look into the production schedule of a plant in the 1960s! If I remember correctly there were a couple of 275- and 350-horse cars on this sheet along with a variety of others.
If you have the copy of the manifest sheet, cherish it. It is not available any longer and does not come with the typed option sheet! If just the typed sheet were available from GM in the U.S. it would be of much value to everyone in the industry. Obviously one of the benefits about this service is finding out cool info about what was available. Other differences we discovered on the ’67 Canadian wagon were: ’62-’65-style dash, firewall painted the color of the car, die cast, pot metal taillight bezels, reversed steering box and linkage. Another of our vehicles, a ’65 Pontiac Canso—the Canadian Nova—were the die cast grille, hood latch, no SS emblem on console, white front-turn signal lenses, different side trim and hood wind split.
Shown below is one of the typed documents as received from George on our ’65 Pontiac Acadian Canso Sport Deluxe. In the states, this was called a Nova SS.
General Motors of Canada Limited
Date: June 25, 2002
Customer: Joe Grom Jr.
Vehicle: 1965 Pontiac Acadian Canso Sport Deluxe
Paint: Y-Crocus Yellow
Production Plant: Oshawa, ON
Production Date: June 22, 1965
Shipping Date: June 24, 1965
Model Number: 71837-2dr sport coupe
Engine: 283 CID 195 HP Econoflame V-8
Engine Number: 805544321
Dealer: Empress Motors, Ltd. Victoria, BC
For sale in Canada: 274
A02 Glass—Tinted Windsheild
B70 Cover I/P Upper Pad
C14 Wiper System Windshield Electric
M35 Powerglide Transmission (2 speed)
P67 9.95—14 4 PR Tire—Hwy—W/Wall
T86 Lamps Backup