1956 Chevrolet Nomad
Code 700 Sierra Gold/Adobe Beige with Code 620 Tan/Copper Interior
The Nomad was a proto-type that debuted as a Corvette Nomad at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City for General Motors Motorama in 1954. It has been called the Waldorf ever since. It was a huge hit with the attendees and the unique features were applied to a Chevrolet Belair two-door station wagon and put into production as a Nomad in 1955. The stylish and sporty styling of the two-door 1956 Chevrolet Nomad made it one of the most distinctive station wagons ever built. The Nomad featured slanted B-pillars with wraparound rear windows and a special rear bumper. It was an instant hit with now iconic styling, colors, and trim. The Nomads were the one to own with a lot of stainless and chrome, with a stunningly clean profile, restrained use of bright work, and performance. This particular car spent many years in California.
This amazing 86,000 mile Nomad underwent a 2-year frame-off restoration in 2005 that addressed virtually every nut and bolt on the car. The Nomad has the correct paint and interiors codes per the Chevrolet trim tag. From the show-quality Adobe Beige over Sierra Gold paint, new Tan and Copper interior, and the V8 engine, the Nomad is a magnificent automobile that defines the word cool.
The fact that it looks like a custom is testament to both the designers' original vision and the quality of the restoration. The all original sheet metal was reinstalled and aligned perfectly, every surface was hand-sanded, and several gallons of PPG urethane were applied to give this car the look it has today. The depth of the finish is simply outstanding. The color combinations are simply astounding and enhance the Nomad’s cool look.
The chrome and stainless trim on this car is perfect. The sweeping side trims with the contrasting colors enhances the paint colors. On the rear of the Nomad is stainless trim that kicks up from the rear tail gate panel to enhance the custom look. The tail lights were a Belair trademark as the left side opens up to expose the gas cap. The car’s glass is perfect to include all new weather stripping, and show-quality chrome.
The Chevrolet engine and other components were completely rebuilt. It is the original 265 cubic inch engine, carburetor, intake, valve covers, starter, distributor, generator, and radiator. The paint work inside the engine bay was painted and detailed with factory correct finishes.
The original Power Glide transmission was rebuilt to include a new torque converter. The front suspension is all new to include ball joints, tie rods, control arm, springs, bushings with new shocks and brakes all around. The original rear end was fully rebuilt, including new bearings and seals, and hangs on a fully rebuilt suspension featuring new coil springs. There is no sign of rust or damage anywhere on the undercarriage. The finishing touch is a new set of P225/70/15 B.F. Goodrich Silver Town Wide Whitewalls on the stock power coated wheels with the original hub caps.
The beautiful new original type Tan and Copper interior is stunning. The original working gauges remain in the dash. A complete new wiring harness was installed front to back. The Nomad retains its beautiful iconic Copper original steering wheel. The Nomad still retains its original radio with a FM adapter and a tissue dispenser mounted under the dash. The original rear mounted antenna completes the package. The new original door panels are also stunning. The new copper color carpets features the original nap and weave. The rear compartment has the original spare wheel, tire, jack, tools and mats. .
The cost of this restoration was well into six-figures, and it shows in every single component being as close to perfect as it can possibly be. Nomads have always been highly-sought cars and this one makes it easy to understand why. They don't get much nicer than this.