CNA, also known as The Chevrolet Nomad Association, is a friendly, family oriented group dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevrolet Nomad. It was founded in 1989 after the disbandment of the National Nomad Club, which had been in existence since 1970.
History of the Nomad – WALDORF 1954
The Corvette Nomad was a 1954 proto-type that debuted at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City for General Motors Motorama. It has been called the WALDORF ever since. It was such a huge success that some of the unique features were applied to a Chevrolet Belair two-door station wagon and it was put into production as a Nomad in 1955.
Creation of the Nomad
All of the bodies were made at the Cleveland plant and shipped to the Flint, Baltimore, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Janesville, Tarrytown, Atlanta, Kansas City, Oakland, Willow Run, and Norwood plants to be assembled. Some of the unique features of the Nomad are the chrome tailgate bars, the ribbed roof and of course, the slanted “B” pillars.
There were 8,530 Nomads produced in 1955.
Special features unique to the 1955
Nomad are the headlight eye brows, fender and door spears, large rear wheel wells, waffle pattern interior design, and other interior trim pieces.
There were 8,103 Nomads produced in 1956.
Chevrolet standardized most features in 1956. Two special features for the Nomad were the dogleg on the quarter panel and the chrome “V” under the tail lights for eight cylinder cars.
There were 6,534 Nomads produced in 1957.
The 1957 models received no special trim. All interior and exterior trim are interchangeable with other Belair models. Even though there were fewer 1957 Nomads produced, and it had no special trim, it is arguably the most popular with collectors today.