2. Chevrolet Nomad
The station wagons became more and more popular during the `50s as the American society turned to the suburban lifestyle. The outskirts of the majority of American cities became construction sites building millions of homes for newly formed middle-class families. Detroit, on the other hand, constructed millions of cars for the same market. In this period in time, station wagons were perfectly reasonable propositions for young families with children.
When Chevrolet presented its famous Tri-Five models in 1955, one of the most interesting new body styles was the Nomad, a three-door station wagon which was stylish but also pretty practical. Chevrolet also produced a lot of regular four-door long roofs. The most interesting version of the Nomad was the Fuelie, a pretty rare model with fuel injected V8 engine from Corvette which could be dubbed the first muscle station wagon. Combining practical body style with hot fuel-injected 283 V8 small block engine, Chevrolet created a new market niche. The Nomad was a popular model designed for small business owners and families but with the addition of 283 HP engine it was pretty fast and could outperform some sports cars of the day.