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.
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.
1955 – Chevrolets received all-new styling. Advertised as “The Hot One,” the boxy new Chevy was crisp, clean, and thoroughly modern-looking. Nomads, like Bel Airs, came loaded with interior carpet, chrome spears on front fenders, chrome window moldings, and full wheel covers. For 1955 Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option. The new 265 cubic inches cubic-inch V8 featured a modern, overhead valve high compression, short stroke design that was so good that it remained in production in various forms, for many decades. The base V8 had a two-barrel carburetor and was rated at 162 horsepower, and the “Power Pack” option featured a four-barrel carburetor and other upgrades yielding 180 brake horsepower. Later in the year, a “Super Power Pack” option added high-compression and a further 15 brake horsepower.
1956 – Chevrolets received a face-lift. This gave Chevys a more conventional full-width grille, pleasing those customers who didn’t like the Ferrari-inspired ’55 front end. Nomads now carried the same interior and rear-wheel sheetmetal as other Bel Airs, lacking the original’s unique trim. Shoulder harnesses, and a padded dashboard were now available. For 1956 Chevys hid the gas cap behind a left side, flip-down tail light.
1957 – V-8 engine displacement grew to 283 cubic inches from 265 in 1957, with the “Super Turbo Fire V8” option producing 283 horsepower with the help of continuous fuel injection. These so-called “fuelie” cars are quite rare, since most Bel Airs were fitted with carburetion. While considered to be a milestone vehicle design, General Motors discontinued the original Nomad Sport Wagon at the end of the 1957 model year due to low sales and the introduction of a new body for 1958.
Considered as highly desirable by collectors, this unique Chevy specimen remains a legend. We have a nice Nomad gallery comng up.
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