Station wagons became popular during the ’50s as American families turned to a more suburban lifestyle. When Chevrolet presented its famous Tri-Five models in 1955, one of the most interesting new body styles was the Nomad. It was a three-door station wagon that was stylish yet also practical. Chevrolet also produced a lot of regular four-door long roofs.
But the most interesting version of the Nomad was the Fuelie. It was a rare model with a fuel-injected V8 engine from Corvette that 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 they designed for small business owners and families. However, with the addition of the 283 HP engine, it was fast and could outperform some sports cars of the day.