• Jun 10, 2009
Superior Glass Works 54 Sports Wagon – Click above for high-res image gallery

About two years ago, there was a nasty rumor that Ford was developing sedan and wagon variants of (gasp!) the Mustang. Torches were lit and pitchfork futures soared until Ford totally debunked the rumor.

But 55 years ago, something similar took place at the 1954 Motorama in New York when Chevrolet displayed a Corvette-based wagon called the Nomad. The difference in the two stories, according to at least one Web site, is that the public absolutely loved the show car's styling. Smelling opportunity, GM management rushed the Nomad into production without even one trace of Corvette styling.

There are those who still hold a grudge against GM for not following through with a Corvette-based station wagon. For the latter fans, their 55-year wait might be over if they saved at least $2,300 a year.

For $125,000 Superior Glass Works will sell you a 1954 Corvette Nomad recreated in fiberglass and fittingly built on a Corvette C5 chassis. The choice of engine, interior and wiring is up to you after you get it home and at extra cost. A $50,000 deposit will reserve one of the 25 copies to be built. Brad Peterson, owner of Specialty, tells us that pre-orders were not taken and no cars have yet been sold. But if you're interested, he said you can check out the Superior 54 Sport Wagon in person at Back to the 50s in St. Paul, Minn. June 19-21 or at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, August 6-9.



[Source: Hemmings Autoblogs]

June 2, 2009, Molalla, Oregon - Superior Glass Works today proudly introduces the Limited Edition Superior 54 Sport Wagon. Styled in tribute to the 1954 General Motors' Motorama Corvette Nomad, The Superior 54 is enhanced with 21st century performance. Available only as a Complete Rolling Package, each will be delivered with the body and chassis fully assembled - ready for paint, interior, engine, wiring and other personal touches to create the Restomod, Custom, or Pro-Touring vehicle desired.

Manufactured in Oregon with the highest-quality, hand-laid composite and reinforced with a stout steel sub-structure, the body includes a complete set of custom-crafted window glass and chrome trim. The body's stunning looks are complemented with modern conveniences such as power windows, power door locks and air conditioning.

"The Superior 54 Sport Wagon is a very special car," said Brad Peterson, owner of Superior Glass Works. "There has always been a mystique surrounding the Motorama cars and we are excited to offer our Superior 54 to a select few looking to drive their own piece of history."

The Superior 54 Sport Wagon chassis is equipped with modern, high-performance, C5 Corvette suspension.

Features include:
The custom frame designed and built in partnership with Art Morrison Enterprises, Inc., including Morrison's front cross member, steering arms, sway bar, and power rack and pinion steering.

The independent front and rear suspensions use 1997-2004 C5 Corvette components.

The front suspension includes stock Corvette control arms, spindles, and brakes, plus high-performance coil over shocks in place of the stock leaf spring.

The rear suspension utilizes a custom narrowed stock cradle, with the half-shafts and leaf spring narrowed accordingly.

The choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transaxle.

Superior Glass Works is completely tooled up and ready to build the Limited Edition Superior 54 Sport Wagon. A $50,000 deposit secures a spot on the waiting list for one of the 25 Complete Rolling Packages to be sold. The initial total package price is $125,000. Call 888-244-9259 or visit www.Superior54.com for more information.

Superior Glass Works has served street rodders, drag racers, customizers and restorers for more than 30 years. We've earned our reputation by producing the highest quality fiberglass bodies and parts, and complete, custom chassis. We are the leading manufacturer of fiberglass parts for 1931 - 1955 Chevrolet cars and trucks. The company also offers 14 street rod bodies, 11 drag race bodies, in fiberglass and carbon fiber, along with a full-service chassis shop. Superior Glass Works is a long-term member of industry organizations: Specialty Equipment Market Association/Hot Rod Industry Alliance, National Street Rod Association and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association. Visit www.superiorglassworks.com for more information.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, but I rather do my own project.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now if it was half that price, I would recommend cutting it in half again.

      its sexy tho.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "A $50,000 deposit secures a spot on the waiting list for one of the 25 Complete Rolling Packages to be sold."

      Now I'm not knocking the car, but for that kind of money will there really be people "waiting in line" for this? Especially when it's taking parts from the used Corvette bin?

      For $125K plus you can have a completely custom wagon built.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had a 65 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 2 door wagon. 4873 produced in 64 and 65 only.Much rarer than the Nomad but looked just like a Nomad wagon. Have you ever heard of one? Check it out and Google 65 Chevrolet 300 2 door wagon....I always thought how cool would it be if Chevy produced a 2 door sport wagon based on the Corvette,Camaro or ????? For awhile in the 70's and 80's Pontiac TransAms had an aftermarket kit offered and yes even the Sky /Solstice chassis was a potential for this. This was a concept in 2004 and was thought to round out the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Unfortunately it never made production. No,not as practical as an SUV or 4 door wagon...but more as an alternative to a sports car but with more luggage space. For awhile in the 60-80's this type of wagon ( called a "Shooting Brake") was available in England and Europe.) Personally, I love the look but wish they offered a modern interpretation vs. making it look like the 54 Waldorf Corvette ( a show car in 53 and 54 shown at the Waldorf Astoria that also never made production when the first Covettes were introduced) .
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like a thunderbird hearse.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thunderbird hearse? Looks just like a '53 to '55 Corvette with a "tri-five" Nomad roof to me, just like the original Nomad concept car.

        Looks nothing like a Thunderbird. The Thunderbird never looked this good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the look and concept, but as stated above, for 125 large I'd sooner do it myself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. But it looks cool!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome. But why not C6?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember having a calendar with beautiful picture of a purple and black one in it. Me likey. I'd drop the cash if I had it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Nomad of 55-57 had the same engines available as the Corvette (265 ci Chevrolet small block V8 for '55 and '56, and then upgrading to a 283 ci in '57) and used the same frames as the C1 'Vette. The only difference was the front end. I have a '55 Bel Air, which again used the same frame as the Nomad and the Corvette. Everything was standardized for Chevy at the time. The only difference I can think of between frames are seamless or "California" frames as some call them. They're just frames with no screws, everything was welded together if I'm not mistaken there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't that a hearse car? :oO
      • 5 Years Ago
      that car is sex w/ wheels.
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