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October 21, 2009

Nova vs. Duster: Which Would You Choose?

By Rob Einaudi

Editor-in-Chief

Duster owners always hate it when people say, “Nice Nova!” so I thought I’d put the two together in this week’s eBay Motors Showdown. Originally my plan to was to look for beaters, but then I found two nice “survivors”—yes, an overused term, but I think it applies fairly well to these examples. The 1972 Nova is not really an SS, and it’s unclear whether it’s wearing original paint, but it does seem to be quite clean and original. The 1973 Duster 340 seems to be a very original and well-documented one owner car. Auctions are ending very soon (and may be done by the time many of you see this blog post) and it’s unclear if either will make the reserve, but they seem to be priced pretty close. Anyway, click the links to the two auctions above and then let us know—which would you choose?

Nova Duster

Nova vs. Duster: Which Would You Choose?

Nova vs. Duster: Which Would You Choose?

Nova vs. Duster: Which Would You Choose?

Nova vs. Duster: Which Would You Choose?

Nova vs. Duster: Which Would You Choose?

Nova vs. Duster: Which Would You Choose?

Comments

Chevy Nova | Chevy Nova Parts
Oct 24, 2009 at 8:24 am

[...] Nova vs. Duster: Which Would You Choose? Duster owners always hate it when people say, %26ldquo;Nice Nova!%26rdquo; so I thought I’d put the two together in this week’s eBay Motors Showdown . Originally my plan to was to look for beaters, but then I found two nice %26ldquo;survivors%26rdquo;%26mdash;yes, an overused term, but I think it applies fairly well to these examples. The 1972 Nova is not really an SS, and it’s unclear whether it’s wearing original paint, but it does seem to be quite clean and original. The 1973 Duster 340  seems to be a very original and well-doc [...]

hotrodduster
Oct 23, 2009 at 1:37 pm

well i might be a little biased but i love the duster the 340 was one bad motor even with low compression in 73

HotRodJ-Rod
Oct 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

Duster. Nothing else but it.

No disrespect towards the Nova, but there’s just too many of them around. The Duster is more unique… plus I think the Nova’s are ugly. Then again, I do have a Dodge Aspen so I probably shouldn’t say much. :)

serps
Oct 23, 2009 at 7:12 am

did the guys talking about how 350 chevys are great or that the 340 would blow their doors off even read the ebay listing the nova is a 307

serps
Oct 23, 2009 at 7:07 am

actually there are more novas because they were in production a hell of a lot longer than the duster. and i would pick the duster just for the 340 i dont really like either car because theyre both auto

dragorphan
Oct 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm

I am a ford guy. But I would still push the nova before driving a mopar. For moparrob07 nova may mean no go but mopar means Made Of Plastic And Rust. There are more novas because they were a better car and therfore sold more and unlike the duster the metal doesn`t start to disolve the first time that you wash it.

coolhand_lukas
Oct 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm

not even a challenge, whats worth more ???

coolhand_lukas
Oct 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm

how many novas are still around and how many dusters too ???

BeanzSL2
Oct 22, 2009 at 8:55 pm

mopar or no car!!!!!!!!!!

duster baby! i think thye just look badazz!

mikealp123
Oct 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm

i own a mopar so dont stone me but i gotta say nova all the way

MoparJoel
Oct 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm

DUSTER, cause every one knows you can sell a fender off a mopar and buy any chevy. plus 340s blow the doors off 350s.

grumpysurvice
Oct 22, 2009 at 2:26 pm

duster.

ShadeTree86
Oct 22, 2009 at 1:42 am

In their Day, Both of these cars Sucked. Plus 12 mpg during the Oil Enbargo.

My ’74 AMC Gremlin “X”, Stock 2-barrel, 304 V8, 3-speed Whipped their A$$.

ILLY-Sase
Oct 22, 2009 at 12:23 am

Im sorry..tho everyone and their momma has a Nova. I’d Have to go Nova also. I’d paint it Black with Smoke racing stripes and throw a 506HP Chevy 383 Stroker crate motor in it tho. Then I’d really have a blast.

MoparRob07
Oct 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I hope everyone knows what NOVA means in Spanish. NO GO.
Just wanted to put that out there.
hehehehehe

2269-bigoldodge
Oct 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm

That 340 in the Duster would eat up a 350 nova. Duster its in my blood

AspenSE
Oct 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Duster. Cool options, original appearing car. It doesn’t matter if it is incredibly rare or not, Duster has a different vibe than Nova. Nova is the car everyone assumes whether or not it is true. Overused and abused. Can’t handle that.

moparornocar_08
Oct 21, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Duster, hands down.

894048005
Oct 21, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I take the Nova any day. Chevy is just way better than plymouth

Nova_Boy454ss
Oct 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm

NOVA!!!!!!!!!!!

buickpimpin101
Oct 21, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Duster, love the duster. but i also love the nova… sooo TIE.

sarahsmile90
Oct 21, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I’ll take the Nova.

Radio-Man
Oct 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I wish I owned EITHER one!!

HEADTURNER73
Oct 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm

NOVA HANDS DOWN BETTER BODY STYLE,,MORE OF A MUSCLE CAR LOOK,,
MAYBE BECAUSE I OWN THREE OF THEM,,I OWNED A DUSTER AT ONE TIME
AND WAS FINE WITH THAT CAR,,BUT I’LL STICK WITH THE NOVA’S,,,

fortyfordsedan
Oct 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Duster. 340′s are a hell of an engine even if it is one of the later smog examples. Plus who the heck puts badges on their car for stuff they don’t have, if anything they should take them off or put ones on for a lesser package and make a sleeper out of it.

glhs0075
Oct 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Duster!

Chris Borrelli
Oct 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Duster

IH-international
Oct 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm

THERES A REASON THERES SO MANY NOVA’S LEFT!!! THATS BECAUSE THERE SOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!

MYIROCDAYTONA
Oct 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Duster, Im a sucker for black and white.

__PONTIAC__
Oct 21, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Nova.

Class-o-09
Oct 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Duster all the way.

troutster52
Oct 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

I noticed right after I posted. Stupid me believed the SS badge and assumed the best.

kpgarfield
Oct 21, 2009 at 11:26 am

Duster.
Everyone in Ga has a Nova.
=)

I still like both very much =)

johncoyle206
Oct 21, 2009 at 10:24 am

Duster, for sure

fixdaserver
Oct 21, 2009 at 10:23 am

fish.. the nova is a small block btw.

i’d rather have the duster since it’s original and rare compared to a plain jane nova.

troutster52
Oct 21, 2009 at 9:49 am

Nova 396 is pretty excellent but a lot of car shows are chocked full of Novas. I’d go with the Duster, especially because its a 340.

_Engineer
Oct 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

Nova

MoparRob07
Oct 21, 2009 at 9:28 am

DUSTER, PERIOD!

NWSilverado
Oct 21, 2009 at 9:06 am

Nova!

rhutch
Oct 21, 2009 at 9:03 am

Duster

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