Staying out of sight might be the only trick the once despised station wagon needed to find its way back to the hearts of millions of auto fanatics. These machines could be spotted almost anywhere, and if you were around between the 1940s and 1990s, chances are you might have had the opportunity to ride in these trusted people movers.
After their transition in the 1950s from pricey wood-bodied frames to mass-produced steel, the station wagons became a force to reckon with in the American market. This trend kept on going into the ‘80s until the minivan debut came with a bang taking a huge chunk of the market share. By the time the ‘90s was clogging, the wagons thrill had far gone down the drain, but thanks to a handful of exceptional performance-oriented designs, the wagons are still making some headlines.
Back in the day when they had all the glory, you would come across luxurious, affordable wagons with personal favorites which showcased high-speed performance. Between the late 1950s to early 1970s ( the glorious era of station wagons), American gearheads couldn’t keep off talking about horsepower and performance, and Detroit made it their business to indulge them, regardless of the vehicle they were buying. Station wagons were designed to accommodate a good number of passengers together with their cargo, but there were several that could only plain haul. This led to us going back down memory lane unearthing 10 underratedAmerican wagons that featured more than just muscle car DNA up their sleeves.
10. 1955-1957 Chevrolet Nomad
During the mid-’50s, Chevy didn’t have much to gain from the Corvette. Just as the American car lovers were waiting for a solid product, Chevy decided to drop the Nomad, a two-door, loaded station wagon that had its inspiration drawn from the Motorama concept vehicle program by GM. The first two years saw the Nomad only offer the 265 cubic inch V8 that packed up to 180 horsepower straight out of the factory. This later changed in 1957 as the Nomad got upgraded to a 283 cubic inch V8. The not-so-common mechanical fuel injection setup could see it produce up to 283 horsepower.