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top-of-the-line ’61 Nomad wagon

One more nod to Chevrolet as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. I had to include the 1961 Chevrolet full-sized station wagon, as it was the first station wagon my parents ever bought. It was the six-passenger version, which meant we could sprawl out in the rear cargo area with the back window down (this was in the pre-seatbelt era) making faces at cars behind us. The Parkwood (which is what we had) was the Bel Air equivalent, while the Nomad was Impala-ish and the Brookwood the cheapie Biscayne version, as Chevy for a few years gave different series names to the wagons. I also liked the big Biscayne sedans from the 60s — all of them, as there was something to their simpleness — just like me! And that’s why you haven’t seen any Corvettes, Camaros, or SS396s listed here among my favorites. Fine cars they were, just not my bag, thank you.

Tomorrow we’ll see what’s going on at the L.A. Auto Show.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Joseph Coppola

    MY MOM HAD A 1965 BISBAYNE WITH THE 250 CUIN STRAIGHT SIX. PURE STOCK, NO FRILLS. WE SOON NICKNAMED IT “THE BIG PIG” THAT PUNY MILL COULD HARDLY PUSH THE BIG BODY AROUND. MOM’S NEXT CAR WAS A 1968 CUTLASS WITH A 350 CUIN V 8. VERY MUCH MORE “UMPH”

  • Greg Taylor

    I agree. There was something quaint about the family cars of that time. Not only are they reminiscent of my youth, they reflected the optimism of the era.