Is the Chevy Nomad the ultimate wagon? There surely aren't many that are more handsome or desirable than this beautiful 1956 Nomad, and despite those two stylish doors, it's still a practical hauler when it needs to be. With a built 350, an overdrive transmission, all the modern conveniences on this frame-off restoration, there's no better way to haul your stuff home from the store than this.
Of the Tri-Five Chevys, the '56 best combines flash and understatement, particularly with two-tone Bel Air trim. The inky black paint works quite well with the light yellow contrast panel to highlight that dramatic line that runs from nose to tail, giving even the utilitarian Nomad a very sporting look. Befitting a car of this caliber, the paint and bodywork are very nicely done, offering great gaps and alignment, as well as a shiny final finish that's the direct result of many hours of hand-rubbing and buffing. Classic Nomad styling details like the ribbed top over the rear cargo area, the chrome rub strips on the tailgate, and the wrap-around rear side windows are all a big part of the Nomad's appeal. All the chrome and trim has been freshened (and there's a lot of it) making the car sparkle in the sunlight. Tinted windows and a slightly lowered stance gives away the secret that this isn't just a fully restored trailer queen, but that doesn't make it any less appealing. In fact, the upgrades it does have only add to the driving experience, making this the Nomad you buy to drive from car show to car show.
Keeping the interior stock was obviously one of the builder's objectives, so the factory bench seats remain in place, neatly wrapped in period black and yellow upholstery that works perfectly with the exterior color combination. The original dash was color-matched to the bodywork and fresh gauges from Classic Instruments are in place in a single sweeping pod ahead of the very trick custom steering wheel that looks stock but carries a fatter rim. You will, however, notice that the shifter indicator on the column includes overdrive and it tilts to make it easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. There's an AM/FM stereo head unit in the center of the dash and a brand new Classic Auto Air A/C system discreetly installed underneath, making this a fabulous long-range cruiser. The cargo area is carpeted with the same lush black weave as the rest of the car and it almost seems a shame to carry gear back there and risk getting it dirty.
The engine is a built and beautiful 350 cubic inch V8. Bored .040 oversize and topped by a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, it moves the Nomad easily. Other upgrades include a polished high-rise intake manifold, Mallory Unilite ignition system, long-tube headers, and lots of polished aluminum and gloss black paint. That cool air cleaner has a high-tech look and the custom aluminum radiator tucks into the original slot up front. Power rack-and-pinion steering and front disc brakes with a dual reservoir master cylinder improve safety, and the aforementioned 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission makes for easy highway driving. Long-tube headers feed a custom stainless dual exhaust system with a nice mellow tone, and while there aren't any major mods underneath, it's incredibly clean and well-detailed. Torque Thrust wheels are a perennial favorite and look right on the vintage Nomad, even wearing modern Continental rubber.
There's a very good argument to be made for the Nomad's position as greatest wagon of all time, and this '56 certainly makes for a compelling case study. Call today!