Special thanks to Reader Robert J, who discovered and shared this 1954 Corvette Nomad Concept Car recreation with us. While it’s not the actual concept car Chevrolet built for the 1954 Motorama, it’s still a fascinating find. Unlike the actual concept car, this one runs and drives, it’s even safe for highway speeds. After investing considerable time and money into it, the owner has decided to part ways with it and has listed it here on eBay. It might not be a “barn find”, but it’s definitely an interesting find to learn more about.
The seller has gone to great lengths to make sure their recreation is as close to the concept as possible. Sadly, Chevrolet destroyed the concept car four years after building it. This meant that the entire recreation had to be built from old photos and drawings of the concept car. The project was started in 1999 and completed seven years and four hundred thousand dollars later. Hopefully the owner feels the results were worth the investment, but it looks fantastic.
Chevrolet’s creation was built on the very first Corvette chassis, which they lengthened and attached the fiberglass shell to. While the interior was complete, the original car lacked a powertrain and couldn’t be driven. To build a Corvette Nomad that could actually be driven, the recreation was built on a 1955 Pontiac Safari donor chassis with a Camaro front end and 350 V8. The entire interior was custom built to match the concept car and it looks great. More information on how it was built can be found at WaldorfNomad.com
The exclusive and radical nature of concept cars makes them extremely valuable and hard to come by, but we question whether the seller will get as much out of this recreation as they hope. If it were the actual concept car it would be worth an incredible amount of money, but since it’s actually a custom Pontiac Safari, they will likely struggle to get their investment back out of it. We would still love to take it out for an afternoon cruise. What about you? Would you have invested this kind of money into a recreation?