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The C5 Chevy Corvette Nomad is Actually Pretty Cool

The vehicle you see above is a regular “C5” Chevy Corvette, the model sold from 1997 to 2005, except it’s been turned into a “Nomad” station wagon, reminiscent of the Nomad model from the 1950s. Usually I’m a little uncertain about these “retro” conversions, but I happen to like this one.

The main reason I like it is that it adds a little extra practicality to the Corvette, giving it a wagon look with some extra room, so you can use your sports car to carry stuff around. Of course, I’m a station wagon fan, so that’s hard to resist. But I also like it because it adds some uniqueness to the C5 Corvette, which was made in large numbers — the typical one is not exactly rare, or special, but this version is.

But what exactly is it? The Nomad Corvette was created by a firm called Advanced Automotive Technologies, which did design and supply work for automakers, among other things. The firm’s owner, Steve Pasteiner, built C5 Corvette models to resemble the original 1953 Corvette, and then built about a dozen of these Nomad-ified Corvette models in addition. This 2017 “Hagerty” article says he built 14 total after getting an original request from a customer.

These days, I have no idea what one of these Nomad Corvette models would go for, though I imagine it’s not too hefty of a price, considering that the base car is, ultimately, a C5 Corvette — not an especially expensive vehicle itself. But with just over a dozen out there, it’s not like they come for sale too often to find market pricing. Instead, we can just look at the photos and appreciate what I consider to be a slightly cooler version of the C5 Corvette.

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  1. Anyone else worried GM is going to make the Corvette too expensive once the mid-engined one comes out? I think that’s a huge concern although I’m sure it will be really good.

    • I am too. Most car guys/girls will want the car because they’ve been waiting years for a mid-engined Corvette, and I’m sure vloggers will like it too.

    • I’m not worried at all, GM knows full well that people won’t buy a Corvette if it’s priced out of reach, If anything I see exotic cars try to lower their price to compete with the Corvette.

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