There was a time when this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad would have been overlooked for its hardtop siblings, but that day is long gone. Today the Nomad is near the top of every Chevy fan's wish list, and this gorgeous custom wagon gets a lot of things right: an outstanding paint job highlighted with lots of bespoke tricks, a gorgeous leather interior, and a fully sorted 383 Stroker V8 drivetrain that offers more power and more comfort than you could get from any factory in 1955. Take your time and .....
drink this beautiful Tri-5 wagon in, because every square inch of this car is absolutely special.
The dominating color on this beauty is pretty close to the shade of Gypsy Red offered in 1955, giving this nut-and-bolt restored Nomad a very dynamic look. Add in the flame work and air brushed skulls laid down by the legend himself, Joe Martin, and you've got a strong case for the best-looking paint job currently on the Tri-5 market. That's not hyperbole, we're still picking up our jaws off the floor after seeing this baby roll into our showroom. There's no denying the handsome good looks of the 2-door wagon, and what they may have lacked in practicality they more than made up for with pure style, with a style that practically begged for customization. The full-boat restoration focused on getting the basics right first, since nobody in his right mind would think he could improve on the factory sheetmetal design, and the high-quality bodywork looks fantastic. Tight gaps, laser-straight panels, and deep, glossy show-quality paint make this a jaw-dropper when you roll into any show on the planet. With just over 1k miles on the build, it's barely been touched, and for many enthusiasts, the inaugural 1955 is the best-looking of the Tri-Five Chevys. This one also carries upscale Bel Air trim (which was the only way you could get a Nomad) that includes that dramatic side spear and all the chrome has been refinished to show standards, so it truly sparkles in the sun. Cross-country haulers just don't get much better than this.
There's more awesomeness inside where all the custom work is so memorable, yet still so tastefully done that it's hard to find a better interior in our inventory. The baby-butt soft, Mercedes-Benz Gray leather upholstery has an incredibly high-end look, perfectly stitched by the pros at Headliner Customs in Fort Worth, TX that put together the entire interior from top-to-bottom. The front bucket seats were borrowed from a Nissan 350Z, and they're split by a custom fabricated center console that mimics the exterior paint scheme. New tweed carpets with plush weave and nap were installed and custom door panels were created using the same pattern on the seats, including the untouched rear bench. Of course, it's got all the modern conveniences like cold A/C, an Ididit tilt column, power seats and windows, and a modern Alpine AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo system, but none of it detracts from the incredibly detailed dashboard lots of billet chrome and beautiful paint. The Billet Specialties steering wheel is a beautiful leather-wrapped piece that looks quite at home in this one-off '55 and the updated instrument panel is filled with modern gauges from Classic Instruments. In back, there's a gorgeous cargo bay that's just too nice to use for hauling anything, but it's fully insulated with the same custom-made quilted carpeting that matches the upholstery and protects the entire cabin.
The engine is still technically a small block Chevy V8, but the pro-built 383 Stroker V8 engineered by Gary's Machine Shop in Mesquite, TX is a far cry from the original 265. It obviously fits beautifully and thanks to all new hardware inside and out, it's as reliable as your daily driver and quite a bit more powerful. Color-matched valve covers with custom air-brushed work a dressed-up look, but the rest of the block uses fairly common, albeit top of the line, performance parts to ensure reliability and easy service. And take a look at that firewall and inner fenders. Wow! A 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission with a 2200 stall convertor feeds a Ford 9-inch rear end with 3.73 gear and is a big part of the reason this car is such a pleasure to drive, while the long-tube headers that feed the Flowmaster dual exhaust system give this beauty an amazing soundtrack. The undercarriage is insanely clean and includes a custom front end, RideTech coilovers all around, a 4-link rear-end, power 4-wheel disc brakes, power steering, and staggered Coy wheels wearing 225/35/20 front and 265/35/22 rear low-profile performance radials.
Fully sorted and ready to enjoy, this recently built magazine car is going to be a show winner for many years to come. With great looks, a wonderful color combination, and that timeless Nomad appeal, this custom beauty delivers in a big way. Call now!