1953 Chevrolet Nomad

With the Corvette launch in the 1953, Chevrolet released America’s first roadster and it was quickly followed up the next year with the world’s first sport wagon, the Nomad. This one-of concept was first seen at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and later as part of GM’s massive Motorama initiative which exclusively displayed concept and halo cars.

Carl Renner was responsible for the Nomad which was essentially a Corvette built with an extended station wagon roof. This meant the Corvette shared its lightweight fiberglass body, ‘Blue Flame’ inline-6 engine and curvaceous styling with the Nomad.

While the Corvette-based Nomad never made it beyond the single Motorama prototype, it inspired Chevrolet to follow up with a Nomad based on their new Bel Air platform. In 1958 a four door version was offered as well.

Story by Supercars.net

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Stovebolt Inline-6
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed 3×1 BBL
displacement 3851 cc / 235.0 in³
bore 90.42 mm / 3.56 in
stroke 99.82 mm / 3.93 in
compression 8.0:1
power 111.9 kw / 150 bhp @ 4200 rpm
torque 302.35 nm / 223 ft lbs @ 2400 rpm
body / frame Fibreglass Body
front tires 6.70×15
rear tires 6.70×15
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
r suspension Live Axle w/Leaf Springs
transmission 2-Speed Powerglide Automatic
gear ratios :1