The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 247

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon

$73,700 USD | Sold

United States | Grapevine, Texas

20 October 2012

Chassis No.

205 hp, 265 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front and rear leaf spring suspension, and four-wheel power drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.

Added mid-year, the Nomad was distinctive in the 1955 Chevy lineup. It shared in the stylish front end design with its siblings, but from the cowl back, it was unique. Not surprisingly, the Nomad was also the most expensive model that Chevrolet had ever built; at $2,571, the Nomad cost $265 more than a similarly equipped Bel Air convertible.

The Nomad also featured exclusive exterior and interior color and trim selections. The two-door styling of the Nomad lent itself particularly well to two-toning, which only heightened its exceptional combination of sporty hardtop and functional wagon styling. Styling cues, such as the Nomad’s fluted roof, slanted B-pillar, wrap-around rear window, straight side trim, and rear fender wheel cut-outs, accentuated its individualistic look. Inside the car, waffle-rib upholstery in truly novel colors and patterns made for an especially trendy interior. Powered by Chevy’s reliable 265-cubic inch V-8 engine, the Nomad can cruise easily on today’s highways, making it an excellent daily driver.

An original Chevrolet Nomad that was originally Matador Red over Dune Beige makes it easy to retain the original colors during restoration. The documented no-expense-spared body off restoration of this vintage Chevrolet was done properly and further retained the matching red interior. This Nomad is unique from all others; it is one of the best to be found and features power steering, power brakes, and the single four-barrel power pack V-8 with automatic transmission. Only 866 miles show on the odometer, presumably since completion. The engine compartment is impeccable, as is the undercarriage. Stainless trim, glass, and paint show no signs of imperfection, with the exception of some tiny chips in the tailgate. Proper fitting carpet and upholstery leaves nothing to be desired, as each and every component has been carefully inspected and restored, or replaced, to insure a top notch result that is only moments away from the show field.

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