1955 Chevrolet Bel Air NomadSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $60,000


$57,750 Sold

162hp, 265 cu. in. overhead valve V8 engine, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front with rear semi-elliptical leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

Added mid-year, the Nomad was distinctive in the 1955 Chevy line-up. It shared in the stylish front end design with its siblings, but from the cowl back it was unique. Not surprisingly, the Nomad was also the most expensive model Chevrolet had ever built; at $2,571 the Nomad cost $265 more than a similarly equipped Bel Air Convertible.

The Nomad also featured exclusive exterior and interior color and trim selections. The two-door styling of the Nomad lent itself particularly well to two-toning, which only heightened its exceptional combination of sporty hardtop and functional wagon styling. Styling cues, such as the Nomad ’ s fluted roof, slanted B-pillar, wrap- around rear window, straight side trim and rear fender wheel cut-outs, accentuated its individualistic look. Inside the car, waffle-rib upholstery in truly novel colors and patterns made for an especially trendy interior.

Although aesthetically distinctive from the rest of the 1955 Chevrolet lineup, the Nomad was mechanical identical. Powered by Chevy ’ s reliable 265 cubic inch V8 engine, the Nomad can cruise easily on today ’ s highways, making it an excellent daily driver.

This beautiful, fully restored Nomad was originally sold in San Diego, California in 1955. For years it was part of a private collection in Fresno before being purchased at the Los Angeles Roadster Show by its current owner.

Recently, this Nomad was repainted in its original and very desirable coral and gray two-tone color combination by Harbor Restorations to match its very presentable interior. The visual appeal of the Nomad is further enhanced by fresh chrome by Graves Plating and a set of new Coker radial tires. With a host of desirable options fitted, including power steering, power brakes, power seats and power windows, this example is very well equipped. Having debuted in February 1955, only 8,386 Nomads were built, (far fewer than any other model) making this example a particularly uncommon 1955 Chevrolet.

Reference Number 6331

as of 1/21/2007

Car 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad
VIN VC55L031515 
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