The word “nomad” is generally used to describe a group of people who follow their food source from location to location. In 1955, however, Chevrolet tried its hand at redefining the word. The Chevrolet Nomad was a station wagon which was in production from 1955-1972. For the first few years, from 1955-1957, it was only a two-door model, which was likely the most memorable one. Specifications for this model made it an interesting combination.
Under the hood, a 265 cubic inch V8 engine, which was also in the 1955 Chevy 3100 pickup, sat ready to be turned over. The wagon lumbered down the road, measuring 201 inches in length. Two bench seats made it easy for ever-growing families to take quick trips to the park over the weekend. Base models had a 162 horsepower rating, but an upgrade brought 180 horsepower. The upgrades were available as part of the “Power Pack,” but saw further improvements with the “Super Power Pack,” which Chevrolet introduced a short time later for the Nomad. Movie lovers may recognize this classic car from its cameo appearance in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society, which featured two of the model, one from 1955 and one from 1956.
Eventually, the Nomad came to look entirely different than it had originally, and by the end of its run, the wagon had four doors and five seats, leaving room for one fewer passenger than the first generation models (1955-1957). The Nomad became available as a package for the Chevy Vega in 1976.
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