18. Chevrolet Nomad
The station wagons became popular during the ’50s as Americans adopted the suburban lifestyle. The outskirts of U.S. cities became construction sites for millions of homes for the newly formed middle class. And Detroit started constructed millions of cars for the same market. At the time, station wagons were reasonable propositions for young families with children. Chevrolet presented its famous Tri-Five models in 1955. But one of the most interesting new body styles was the Nomad, a three-door station wagon that was stylish yet practical. Chevrolet also produced a lot of regular four-door long roofs. The most interesting version of the Nomad was the Fuelie. It was a rare model with a fuel-injected V8 engine from Corvette which was the first muscle station wagon.
Combining practical body style with a fuel-injected 283 V8 small block engine, Chevrolet created a new market niche. The Nomad was a popular model for small business owners and families. However, with the addition of a 283 HP engine, it was fast and could outperform some sports cars of the day. The secret was the “Fuelie” engine that came directly from the 1957 Corvette. However, despite a great performance, this option wasn’t common. Customers looking for practicality avoided high-performance engines for cost reasons. And those street racers wanted something more appealing than a station wagon.