Chevrolet Nomad (1976-'80)
CAR|February 2019
Chevrolet Nomad (1976-'80)

A pugnacious, locally designed workhorse.

Peter Palm

IN 1972, General Motors decided to produce a bakkie in the land of braaivleis, rugby and sunny skies (as Chevrolet’s catchy advertising jingle described South Africa at the time). Originally nicknamed “The Pug”, the official name – Nomad – was chosen to suit the pick-up’s go-anywhere design objective. The original idea was to set up a bespoke factory in an area where job opportunities were scarce. Unfortunately, this is seldom a financially viable strategy and production subsequently reverted to the factory in Port Elizabeth.

PACKAGING

Local content of the Nomad was the highest for cars built in South Africa at the time: 82% (by mass). The remaining components were sourced from Opel in Germany (the instruments and gearbox); Holden in Australia (rear axle); and the carburettor from the USA.

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February 2019