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How to Tell a 1969 SS Nova From a Clone


The 1969 Chevy Nova SS is a sought after muscle car for its versatility, for its high level of performance, and for the wide availability of parts — both original and aftermarket. The problem with the SS, though, is the fact that few authentic Super Sports were actually produced, leading to many inauthentic SS clones flooding the classic car market. But spotting an SS clone is actually pretty easy, so long as you are willing to learn how to decode VIN numbers and research the Nova’s SS options.

Spotting an SS Clone

Step 1

Determine the engine type. There were two types of factory engines installed in the ’69 Nova SS. There was the 350 small block and the 396 big block.