The Early Evolution of The Chevy Wagon

In today’s SUV and crossover saturated market, wagons are rare. But in American automotive history, the wagon held its own and created a special place in many classic enthusiasts' hearts. To celebrate the iconic Chevy wagon, we charted the evolution of Chevy's popular wagons for more than 30 years:

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Classic Chevy fans easily recognize a Nomad. Introduced in 1955, the luxurious Bel Air model’s profile was more similar to the sedans than most wagons of the day. This two-door Chevy was the top-of-line wagon and a sought-after collectible today. However, Chevy built some great wagons prior to and after the Tri-Five era.

Fun Chevy Wagon Facts

  • Although sometimes debated whether it’s a wagon at all, the Carryall is considered the first Chevy wagon. It evolved into the Suburban, but the early wagons did double-duty as tool and equipment carriers as well as people movers.
  • The Nomad was advertised as the “luxury leader of the station wagon line” with its "dazzling new design — from a smoothly sculptured hood to gull-wing fenders…There’s a new larger windshield and a sweeping new wraparound window at the top gate.”
  • Appealing to large families on a budget, the 1953, eight-seater Townsman 150 was offered with a “Thrift King” engine. Those with more to spend and seeking more power could opt for the 115-hp “Blue Flame” with Powerglide automatic transmission.
  • Approximately 8,000 Nomads were sold in 1956, and sales dipped to about 6,500 for the Bel Air Nomad’s last year, 1957.
  • The 1958 Yeoman was so pared down, armrests weren’t standard – only an option. The Yeoman was only offered for one year.
  • Only 33,000 Lakewood wagons were produced for the ’61-’62 model years, but they share many mechanical parts with the Corvair. If you find one, it's relatively easy to restore.
  • The Nova wagons were discontinued in 1967 due to poor sales, but Chevelle wagons remained in production until the end of the car series.

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  • Posted on   08/08/17 at 01:29:10 AM   by Jason  | 
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