The Corvette Wagon from the Nomad to the Upcoming AeroWagen

The whole business with the Corvette station wagons has been rallying on a rollercoaster of emotions. First of all, there was the announcement that the Connecticut tuning firm, Calloway Cars, made in 2013 where they basically announced that they intended to convert the Corvettes we all know and love into a wagon.

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The Internet and the big Corvette lovers were all, understandably, overjoyed, especially given the fact that the concept car – the so-called AeroWagen – looked about as rad as a station wagon can get.

The next time Calloway made an appearance again to talk about further developments, they added fuel to the fire (of excitement) by announcing pieces were coming in place in order to start putting the AeroWagen up for production sometime in 2014.

The Corvette Wagon Conversion

After that, Calloway pretty much fell off the face of the Earth. Much to the fans’ disappointment, it looked like there was a halt in the production of the Corvette wagon we’ve all been eagerly waiting for. For as much as three years, there was no word of developments and the rather grimly uncertain future of the AeroWagen.

The silence was finally broken in April 2016, when representatives of Calloway resurfaced from their slumber and returned with their plans more solid than ever. Apparently, they had big ideas that involved converting good ol’ C7 Corvettes into trendy and sporty AeroWagens. The even better news is that they’re due to be finished sometime around the end of the year.

A Brief-Over of the First Corvette Station Wagon

In 1954, General Motors built three automobiles that were meant to be placed in the spotlight of the General Motors Motorama from New York City. One of them was the Corvette Hardtop, an upgraded version of the 1953 one which, at the time, was an experimental show car that had been exhibited at the Waldorf-Astoria showroom. The other two were concept cars – the Corvette Convair and the Corvette Nomad.

the classic corvette wagon model (nomad)

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The latter of the bunch, the Nomad, was perhaps the most innovative of them all, strongly taking the shape of a station wagon that was way ahead of its time. After the showing at the Motorama, GM went ahead and produced five models of the Nomad, out of which only three remain today. The 1954 Nomad influenced a generous portion of the design and style that would later be adopted the predecessors that would follow, including the 1954 Corvette.

When History Was Written

The 1953 and the 1954 Motorama exhibits are considered by many to be the pivotal birthplaces of America’s sports car. More so, the Nomad had an unexpected impact on the attendees and the general reaction was positive enough to convince Harley Earl to transmute the name and the looks of the Nomad into the 1955 Chevrolet Station Wagon.

Its two-door design was a definite divergence from the usual wagons seen during that time, with the main different being that the main styling choices were a lot more similar to a hardtop than to a classic wagon. The appearance of the Nomad was eventually brought into the Pontiac, later marketed as the Pontiac Safari.

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Production was discontinued after 1957, when the issue of low sales started to arise. They attempted to boost their sales back up by introducing a new body which was used as foundation for the 1958 Nomad. Continuing the bouncing from one line to another, the Nomad name was then attached to Chevrolet’s top-line four-door wagon. The Nomad name officially exited the vocabulary of Chevrolet in 1961, with all station wagon models from then onwards adopting the name of the usual sedan ones.

After all of that, the Nomad made guest appearances in various years. In 1964 and 1965 it took the shape of a moderately sized two-door Chevelle 300 station wagon. It fell off the face of the Earth again and then resurfaced between 1968 and 1972 incorporated in the base model for the period’s station wagons. Sometime in the early 70’s and 80’s, the last sighting of the Nomad was as a name attached to the trim package of the full size Chevrolet Van.

Your Own Corvette Wagon Conversion Kit

Now, back to the present. Chevrolet is going to offer the opportunity to any and all Corvette owners to transform their car into a station Corvette wagon. The doors are especially open for all C7 Corvette coupes with no discrimination whatsoever – whether you want to make the transition from a standard Stingray or from one of Calloway’s custom 757-horsepower highway rockets.

As for how the conversion process itself goes, it will involve adding a one-piece carbon roof to the rear of the vehicle. This, in turn, increases the hatch area, possibly turns the automobile into a Corvette hatchback, and allows a better access to the boot. Moreover, leap in the air with joy because all of these modifications are going to have another payoff in the shape of a boost in the aerodynamics of the freshly-turned-wagon.

Corvette Aerowagon

However, even with all those cool technicalities and the great improvements brought to the already existing features, perhaps the most astonishing part is that the entire conversion process is reversible. You don’t need to worry about your C7 getting stuck in an eternal wagon state if you don’t like it. You don’t even need to go out of your way and purchase a Calloway Corvette in order for the installed kit to work. Your stock C7 Corvette will do perfectly well.

The interior of the Corvette wagon will remain pretty much the same, though it’s noteworthy that it’s not possible to add seats because of running gear configuration and the Corvette’s chassis. As for whether there is a four-door version of the AeroWagen sighted in the future, Callaway is reserved about it. For now, the main thing we can look out for is the announcement of the specifications of the exciting Callaway Corvette AeroWagen shooting brake.

Aside from the costs of actually acquiring a Corvette, you’ll need to take out of your wallet an $15,000 for the conversion expenses and an extra $1,500 if you want your newborn wagon painted in colors that match.

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