Chevrolet Nomad

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Chevrolet Nomad
1955 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon
Automotive industryChevrolet
Parent companyGeneral Motors
Production1955-1972
Car body style2-door/2-seat Station wagon(1955-1961)
4-door/5-seat Station wagon (1964-1972)
Automobile layoutFF layout

The Chevrolet Nomad was a Station wagon model produced by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors. The Nomad is best remembered in its two-door 1955-57 form, and was considered a Halo vehicle during its three-year production as a two-door station wagon.

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1955-57


The two-door Nomad differed from other station wagons of the era by having unique styling more reminiscent of a hardtop than of a standard station wagon. Chevrolet shared this body with its sister Pontiac, which marketed their version as the Pontiac Safari.

The Nomad's unique design had its roots in a Motorama show car of the same name that was based on the Corvette. The Concept was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1954 as one of Head Stylist, Harley Earl's "dream cars".

GM approved production of the vehicle if the design could be transferred to its standard model, because top GM brass felt that they could sell more models if it were attached to the popular Bel Air model.

While considered to be a milestone vehicle design, General Motors discontinued the original Nomad at the end of the 1957 model year due to low sales and the introduction of a new body for 1958.

1958-61


1960 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon

For the 1958 model year, Chevrolet moved the Nomad name to its top-line four-door station wagon. Chevrolet continued to use the Nomad name until the end of the 1961 model year, when all Chevrolet station wagons adopted the names of the regular sedan models.

1964-72


1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Nomad Station Wagon

The 1964 and 1965 Model year brought a revival of sorts for original 1955-1957 Nomad when Chevrolet produced a two-door mid-sized Chevelle 300 station wagon cast in a similar vein. The Nomad name was not used for these wagons, but between 1968 and 1972 the name was applied to the lowest-priced Chevelle four-door station wagon model. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the name returned again on a trim package for the full size Chevrolet Van.

Concept cars

There have been two Nomad concept cars. The first one from 1999 was based on the F-body (Camaro) and was V8 powered.[1] The second concept presented in 2004 was based on the GM Kappa platform, and highly resembled the original 1954 Corvette-based Nomad showcar.[2][3]

References

  1. "1999 Chevrolet Nomad Concept." GM Press Release (on seriouswheels.com), 1999.
  2. "Chevy Nomad concept recalls 1954 Nomad." Canadian Driver, 4 January 2004.
  3. "Chevrolet Nomad (2004)." Maddle, 7 March 2004.

Further reading

  • Gunnell, John, Editor (1987). The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-096-3. 
  • Dammann, George H. (1986). 75 Years of Chevrolet. Motorbooks International(Crestline Series). ISBN 0-87938-692-4. 
  • "Chevrolet Nomad." Pictures and Information on oldride.com.
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