Beautifully built ’56 Nomad resto-mod. Laser-straight bodywork, original color combination, stock style interior. Recent 350 cubic inch V8, 700R4 4-speed automatic, cold A/C, tilt, power steering, disc brakes. Everything a Nomad is supposed to be!
The original look remains, including the factory color combination of Tuxedo Black and Crocus Yellow with a matching interior, but underneath there’s a host of upgrades that make it better at, well, just about everything. Excellent gaps, super straight sheetmetal, and a brilliant shine make this gorgeous Nomad stand out in a crowd, The ‘56s are noteworthy for their unique trim that extends the two-tone treatment to the front fenders, and the new, wider front end was a hit with buyers. With forward-canted B- and C-pillars, the Nomad looks sporting instead of utilitarian and the standard ’56 Chevy taillights look like custom pieces today. All the stainless and chrome trim was likewise restored to show condition and remains excellent today. Cosmetically, this car is a show-stopper without taking any liberties with the original design.
There’s an equally beautiful black and yellow cloth and vinyl interior that accurately replicates what was there in 1956. The wide bench seat is all-day comfortable, making this an ideal car for road trips, and the funky brocade cloth looks especially awesome today. There’s also a polished tilt steering column with a modified 1960 Chevy steering wheel finished to match the bodywork. The original instrument pod remains, although it’s been filled with a custom-made set of dials from Classic Instruments with pointers that match the bodywork—a nice touch. A trick Vintage Air A/C system includes control knobs that mimic the originals and a set of subtle vents under the dash, so it almost looks like it was born there. There’s also a clever AM/FM stereo radio in the center of the dash, again using OEM-style knobs so that it looks like a factory unit. The Nomad also offers plenty of cargo space that’s neatly upholstered with black carpet that’s easy to maintain.
On the road, this car is just effortless. It’s still powered by a small-block Chevy V8, although this one is a 350 cubic inch unit that’s considerably more powerful than the original 283. Rebuilt and color-matched in Crocus Yellow, it really pops in the all black engine bay. There’s also a ton of polished aluminum and chrome, from the valve covers and air cleaner to the intake manifold and accessories. A giant aluminum radiator with electric fan keeps it cool and an electronic ignition system lights it up. With a well-tuned Holley carburetor on top it starts easily, idles nicely, and drives extremely well. There’s plenty of power to make it feel quick around town, but it’s not so high strung that it feels like you’re always looking for a race. It’s got a mild cam so the idle is smooth, which fits the car’s demeanor, yet it zips through traffic without breaking a sweat.
Underneath, there’s plenty of evidence of the frame-off build, with satin black floors and a gloss black frame that showcase the new hardware. The 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission features a deep overdrive that works with the 3.36 gears out back to make it an exceptional high-speed cruiser. The front suspension is stock, but it’s augmented with power rack-and-pinion steering and disc brakes, and obviously all the parts are brand new. A dual exhaust system uses long-tube headers and stainless Magnaflow mufflers for a mellow soundtrack and you’ll note that even the driveshaft was color-matched to the Crocus Yellow bodywork. Fat sway bars front and rear plus fresh shock absorbers give it surprisingly competent handling without a harsh ride. There’s also a brand new gas tank hanging out back along with a new electric fuel pump. 17-inch Torque Thrust wheels are a traditional look and they carry expensive new 225/60/17 Michelin radials with less than 100 miles on them.
Documentation includes a detailed photo album of the restoration and some recent maintenance receipts.
This is an extremely impressive car in every way—it’s beautifully built, tastefully modified, and clearly respects Chevy’s best design. The modifications make it more of everything the Nomad was designed to be without sacrificing its practicality. And there’s obviously a huge amount of money invested in its construction, making this car somewhat of a bargain compared to building it yourself. This is the ultimate ’56 Chevy and maybe even the ultimate wagon. Call today!
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