Combine one of the most iconic cars ever to roam the boulevard with a host of well-chosen upgrades geared to enhance its driving experience, and the results are going to be worth taking a good long look at. This 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Restomod fulfills every bit of the promise implied by that inspired pairing. A thorough, frame off restoration has transformed it into a stellar classic that would be equally at home on the car show circuit as it would be providing plenty of fun filled miles on the asphalt.
With their generously stout proportions and extensive assembly of cabin glass, Nomads are head-turners to begin with, but the skilled workmanship that's been lavished on this specimen really makes it a standout. It wears an inspired take on the two tone color schemes the Chevys of the mid-'50s are known for and both the Ruby Red Metallic backdrop and the Pearl White draped over the roof and pillars are in top form, with a deep shine and a silky smooth texture from front to back. There's quite a bit of chrome on board and all of it - from the elaborate grille and rocket emblem in front to the vertical bars accenting the liftgate in back - is in great shape. Below the paint, the car is rock-solid as well - just under 65 years ago, it rolled off a Los Angeles assembly line and has spent its life steering clear of corrosive, salt-lined roads.
Tasteful custom upgrades added to an interior retaining most of its original sensibilities has created an outstanding result. Most of the furnishings inside the doors have a familiar, authentic appearance to them, but represent visual improvements over the originals - a sort of Nomad 2.0 take on styling. Both rows of bench seating are dressed in two tone vinyl covers that fit perfectly and show no perceptible wear. A full width underdash panel has been blended into the mix to house the air conditioning system, which is in perfect working order, as well as an AM/FM/CD stereo with satellite connectivity that teams with an array of door mounted speakers inside the cabin to offer a strong audio experience. A stout, billet-centered steering wheel takes its place on the tilting column and the dash area wears its signature textured chrome accent and houses a fresh set of AutoMeter gauges in the instrument panel.
At the same time the entire drivetrain and suspension were being lifted out of its original Corvette home to take its place on this Nomad, all the professionally executed modifications were made to seamlessly accommodate the new components. The fuel injected 350 cubic inch V8 at the center of the engine compartment is perfectly framed by the color matched firewall and inner fenders surrounding it and there's not so much as a wire out of place. The motor pairs with a 4-speed automatic 700r4 transmission that provides both seamless shifts and low RPM highway cruising and is running in top form. An aluminum radiator now sits up front to keep operating temperatures under control. This Chevy rides on a thoroughly upgraded suspension and steering system, so the overall driving experience it provides is top notch - power rack and pinion makes this sizable ride easy to maneuver and a quartet of power disc brakes bring the car to dependable and prompt stops. A set of show-stopping staggered chrome Tyfun 764 wheels - 18" in front and 20" in back - adds just the right touch to this masterfully configured classic.
This 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Restomod represents a skilled pairing of vintage and modern and would be a fitting garage centerpiece for even the most discerning collector. Call today!