WHO KNEW THERE WAS A CORVETTE STATION WAGON?

WHO KNEW THERE WAS A CORVETTE STATION WAGON?

 

“A lot of planning, forethought and engineering preceded every reconstruction move.”

Zane C. Zander ’57 has been building and restoring cars since he was in high school. He started with Model As, moved to Chevrolets, and then to Corvettes.

His latest accomplishment is the reconstruction of a showcase car that was never produced: the 1954 Corvette Nomad, a sport station wagon. The original concept car is no longer believed to be in existence.
Zander and a group of more than 20 car enthusiasts and selected craftsmen started the project in 1999, after many years of research on the first Nomad.

The team pieced together a 1955 Pontiac Safari body, a 1977 Camaro front saddle, a 1954 Corvette dash, a mid-’80s Suburban tailgate mechanism, a 350 Chevrolet engine and a 350 General Motors transmission.

The goal was to build a Nomad that emulated as closely as possible the original 1954 model. Today, Zander’s re-creation is known as the Waldorf Nomad.

“It reflects more than seven years of personal hands-on and sleepless nights of thoughtful mental engineering,” Zander said. “All fun, of course.”

Outlook’s article about Zane Zander ’57 and his project to recreate the 1954 Corvette Nomad barely scratched the surface of this amazing endeavor. See more photos and learn more about the seven-year process at this Web site:

http://waldorfnomad.com/

 

Summer Outlook 2012