Chevrolet Nomad

The Chevrolet Nomad was a station wagon model from Chevrolet. The most famous Nomad is the prestige model of the model years 1955 to 1957 with three doors.

Year by year


The 3-door Nomad differed from other contemporary station wagons by its hardtop -like appearance. The Chevrolet shared this body style with its sister model, the Pontiac Safari.

The styling of the Nomad has its roots in the Motorama show car of the same name, which was based on the Corvette. The concept car was unveiled at the 1954 GM Motorama - as one of Harley Earl's dream car.

GM approved production of this vehicle under the condition that the design was transferred to a standard model. The management hoped namely higher sales numbers when the car would be incorporated into the famous Bel-Air series.

Although the car was seen as a milestone, General Motors presented a production of the first series in late 1957, as the sales expectations had not been fulfilled and in 1958 a new design was prepared.


In model year 1958, the name Nomad called the 5 - door wagon - top model of the brand. Up to and including 1961, retained the name for this model at; then all Chevrolet station wagons were called back as their associated limousine series.


The model years 1964 and 1965 brought a revival of the original Nomad 1955, as Chevrolet built a 3-door mid-size station wagon in the Chevelle 300 - series in the same style. These cars were not called Nomad, but in the model years 1968 to 1972 was the cheapest 5-door Chevelle station wagon that name. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the name returned for an equipment package of the Chevrolet van.

Concept Cars

There were two Nomad concept vehicles. The first 1999 Camaro was based on the F- platform and had a V8 engine. The second concept vehicle was launched in 2004 and was based on the Kappa platform. It looked very similar to the original 1954 show car based on the Corvette.