The Chevrolet Nomad station wagon was produced intermittently between 1955 and 1972, but the most coveted by collectors is the two door versions produced during the Chevy "Tri-Five" (1955-56-57) years. The 265 engine was scraped for 1957; replaced by the 283 and, offered only for the one year, a very rarely chosen option for the new engine was the "Super Turbo Fire V8". This variation develops 283 hp (211 kW) by adding continuous fuel injection and was dubbed the "fuelie" by Chev fans. The sales of the Nomad Sport Wagon were down in '57 and the full size platform is completely reinvented from the frame on up in '58, so the Nomad wagon was shelved, at least for the next few years.
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The 396 (6.5 L) engine is added to the options sheet for the 1966 model year. The new engine allows the El Camino to turn in consistent mid to low 14 second tines in the quarter mile. This year the El Camino line shares its sheet metal with the Chevelle as well as offering similar trim options. The bare bones El Camino is similar to the Chevelle 300 entry level line-up and equipped with a bench seat with vinyl floor covering, but the Custom version is outfitted like the Malibu, with uptown cloth/vinyl interior with a carpeted floor and could also include the strato swivel bucket seats plus a console.