Few color combinations out of the 1950’s look as nice as code 701 India Ivory and Onyx Black over 611 Ivory vinyl with charcoal pattern cloth, and fewer still are finished to a great drive-and-show level. Glossy black and cream paint covers original southern panels with largely original chrome and trim from one end to the other. Those are original bumpers front and back, the awesome eagle hood ornament, fender spears, grille and more are the pieces the car was born with. The lights and bezels and excellent; the taillights and housings are new. Corvette rally wheels wearing 225/70/15 BFGoodrich tires enhance the car’s appeal in a new/old school way while new emblems proudly show off the car’s model and its maker. Dual spotlights, another period touch, look as though they grew there. Panel fit is very good from hood to tailgate. This car would stop traffic on the Power Tour!
The 1955 Chevrolet models represented a massive break from the models that preceded it. The chassis was a completely new design, the body was entirely new, the engines were completely new and the cars came with features that are now standard, such as 12 volt electrical systems, tubeless tires and more. Chevrolet sold over a million of them, then mildly restyled the car and dubbed the ’56 as new…and sold over a million more! The Nomad, though, with its two-door styling and the highest sticker price on a Tri-Five, sold but a mere pittance of the total: In 1956, Chevrolet only bolted together 7,886 of them. That’s under one percent of production! These were rare brand new!
Underneath, this stunning car’s solid. Heck—it’s hard to find a 1985 car that’s rust free, let alone one thirty years older! A-arms acting on coil springs wound around hydraulic shock absorbers offered a smooth ride. Leaf springs were 9 inches longer, wider and mounted outboard of the main frame as compared to the ’54 models. Chevrolet came up with so many new marketing terms for this car it’s hard to keep track, like the “Glide-Ride” front suspension and the “Outrigger” rear. There’s a Hidden Hitch setup out back that’s perfect for hauling a small trailer—remember that the Nomad has the same cargo capacity of its four door wagon brethren! Built to drive, this Nomad’s suspension was rebuilt with comfort and handling in mind, so new bushings and steering components went in, and power steering is a welcome sight, as are front disc brakes with power assist and the front sway bar.
You’ll find the car’s original 265ci small block under the hood—that’s odd in and of itself! The motor wears an original Carter WCFB carb, the correct 4bbl air cleaner and a clean coat of Chevy Orange. A new battery, a far more reliable alternator replacing the original generator, a Master Power booster and dual circuit master cylinder and the high output Sanden compressor are under here for your comfort and safety. Original exhaust manifolds dump into a newer dual exhaust system below. Between the solid suspension and V8 power this car is a joy to drive short distances or long!
Custom touches in the interior are everywhere, yet nothing pops out at you as being out of place. You’ll sit down on brand new upholstery, now in all-vinyl. The A/C controls are under the original heater controls and a Classic Auto Sound AM/FM/cassette player fits into the dash with no cutting. Four JL Audio 6.5” speakers are nearly invisible in the black door panels. A brand new vintage-look small diameter steering wheel looks great with the shiny dash. Of course, there’s a Coca-Cola cooler in the cargo area…what Nomad would be complete without one? There’s a new white headliner up top and a new carpet below…this guy’s even got that new car smell!
“We got a big kick out of designing this new Chevrolet, and you will get an even bigger one out of driving it”. Said Ed Cole, Chevrolet Chief Engineer, of their hot new Chevrolet. Just imagine if you could go back and grab him, and take him for a ride in this wonderfully kept, tastefully modified, far smoother and safer version of his design! If you’re a Nomad fan like we are, it just doesn’t get much better than this true black/white example, with all original sheetmetal, air conditioning and disc brakes! If you enjoy cruising your classic, snatch this one up quick … it’s a keeper!