- "As he drew closer, Marty saw that its [the car's] front end was completely smashed, as if someone had driven it into a wall. Nearby stood Marty's father and Biff Tannen, watching in silence as the truck driver unhitched the damaged vehicle."
- —From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 28)
The Nova was a vehicle manufactured by Chevrolet.
In the first timeline, George McFly drove a 1979 model in 1985 before he lent it to his work supervisor Biff Tannen, who totaled it while drinking and driving (at the same time!). Biff then blamed George by claiming the car had a blind spot, and forced him to pay up to have his suit dry-cleaned as he had spilled beer over himself in the crash. Lorraine Baines used the car on one occasion in 1983 to go after Marty when she heard the sound of his skateboard as he sneaked out of the house and set off to meet his friends.