Chevrolet Nomad

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Chevrolet Nomad
Chevrolet Nomad (Centropolis Laval '10).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
Production1955–1961
1968–1972
LayoutFR layout
 
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Chevrolet Nomad
Chevrolet Nomad (Centropolis Laval '10).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
Production1955–1961
1968–1972
LayoutFR layout

The Chevrolet Nomad was a station wagon model made off and on from 1955 to 1972, and a Chevy Van trim package in the late 1970s and early 1980s, 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 model during its three-year production as a two-door station wagon.

Pre production[edit]

The two-door Nomad differed from other station wagons of the era by having unique styling more reminiscent of a hardtop sedan than that 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 General Motors 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.

1955–1957[edit]

First generation
1955-chevy-nomad-chevrolet-archives.jpg
Overview
Production1955–1957
Body and chassis
Body style2-door/2-bench seats station wagon(1955–1957)
Powertrain
Engine265 cu in (4.3 L) V8
283 cu in (4.6 L) V8
Dimensions
Wheelbase115"
Length201"[1]

1958–1961[edit]

Second generation
1960 Chevrolet Nomad.jpg
Overview
Production1958–1961
Body and chassis
Body style4-door/5-seat station wagon(1958–1961), (1968–1972)
PlatformGM B platform
Powertrain
Engine265 cu in (4.3 L) V8
283 cu in (4.6 L) V8

1968–1972[edit]

Third generation
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Nomad.jpg
Overview
Production1968–1972
Body and chassis
Body style4-door/5-seat station wagon(1958–1961), (1968–1972)
PlatformGM A platform (RWD)

Between 1968 and 1972 the names Nomad and Nomad Custom were applied to the lowest-priced Chevelle four-door station wagon model, below the Chevelle Greenbrier, Chevelle Concourse, Chevelle Concourse Estate.

1976 Chevy Vega wagon Nomad package[edit]

In 1976, special Vega Nomad wagons were assembled with unique side window trim and filler panels (to make the 'b' pillars appear forward-slanted), tailgate rub strips, vinyl Nomad script identification.

Chevy Van Nomad[edit]

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the name returned again on a trim package for the full size Chevrolet Van. It featured five-passenger seating with swiveling captain seats up front, a bench in the middle, and a spacious cargo area in the rear with no quarter windows. It could be had with plaid upholstery and two-tone paint. It was offered along with SportVan, CaraVan, Commercial Van, and Cube Van.

1964–1965 Chevelle 300 two-door station wagon[edit]

The 1964 and 1965 model years 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, but the Nomad name was not used for these wagons.

Concept cars[edit]

There have been several Nomad concept cars. The first was of course Harley Earl's Corvette-based 1954 concept introduced at the GM Motorama that predated the classic "tri-year" production models.

One from 1999 was based on the F-body (Camaro) and was V8 powered.[5]

Another concept presented in 2004 was based on the GM Kappa platform, and highly resembled the original 1954 Corvette-based Nomad showcar.[6][7] It had a 107 inch wheelbase and was 155.5 inches long.[8]

In 2009, Superior Glass Works, a producer of fiberglass bodied reproduction cars introduced their own '54 Sports Wagon' rolling body, based on the original concept and built on a modified Corvette C5 chassis.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1957_Chevrolet/1957_Chevrolet_Owners_Manual". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1957_Chevrolet/1957_Chevrolet_Brochure_1". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1958_Chevrolet/1958_Chevrolet_Wagons". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1958_Chevrolet/1958_Chevrolet_Wagons". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  5. ^ "1999 Chevrolet Nomad Concept." GM Press Release (on seriouswheels.com), 1999.
  6. ^ "Chevy Nomad concept recalls 1954 Nomad." Canadian Driver, 4 January 2004.
  7. ^ "Chevrolet Nomad (2004)." Maddle, 7 March 2004.
  8. ^ Newberry, Stephan (2005). The Car design yearbook 3. Merrell. ISBN 1-85894-242-X. 
  9. ^ Tutor, Chris (2009-06-10). "Superior Glass Works to sell 54 Sports Wagon based on C5 Corvette — Autoblog". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 

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