1956 Chevrolet Nomad$79,995

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Price: $79,995
Contact: View Original Ad from Hemmings
Location: Lithia Springs, GA
Price Analysis: Poor Deal, 23.0% above market avg. What's this?
There was a time when this 1956 Chevy Nomad would have been overlooked for its hardtop siblingsand#44; but that day is long gone. Today the Nomad is near the top of every Chevy fans wish listand#44; and this gorgeous wagon gets a lot of things right: great colorsand#44; gorgeous interiorand#44; and a fully sorted drivetrain that offers more power and more comfort than you could get from the factory in 1956.<br /> <br><br> The combination is pretty close to India Ivory over Nassau Blueand#44; giving this warmed-over Nomad a very period look. Theres no denying the handsome good looks of this 2-door wagonand#44; and what it lacked in practicality it more than made up for with pure style. The restoration focused on getting the basics rightand#44; since nobody in his right mind would think he could improve on the factory lookand#44; and the high-quality bodywork looks fantastic. Good gapsand#44; super straight panelsand#44; and deepand#44; glossy paint make this a jaw-dropper when you roll into a show. Its got a few signs of use that are quite minorand#44; and for many enthusiastsand#44; the simple 56 is the best-looking of the Tri-Five Chevys. This one also carries upscale Bel Air trim that includes that dramatic side spear and all the chrome has been refinished to show standardsand#44; so it truly sparkles in the sun. They just dont get much nicer than this.<br /> <br><br> The interior keeps things pretty stockand#44; tooand#44; with factory seats wearing reproduction upholstery that looks straight off the showroom floor. The textured cloth inserts are a funky 50s look that is very appealing and the sweeping two-tone door panels emulate the exterior trim. Things like the steering wheeland#44; dashboardand#44; and carpets are all pretty much the way they were in 1956and#44; although expert eyes might see a few upgrades. For exampleand#44; the shift quadrant now manages four forward gears instead of two and there are little vents tucked under the dash for the modern A/C system which blows ice cold. Theres also an AM/FM/iPod radio that sounds pretty darned good and the gauges appear to have been restored along with the rest of the car. The cargo bay is correctly finished and offers a good deal of storage spaceand#44; making this a fantastic road trip candidate.<br /> <br><br> The engine is still a small block Chevy V8and#44; now displacing 327 cubic inches and wearing a few upgraded pieces of hardware. A polished Edelbrock intake manifold and 4-barrel carburetor sit between a set of finned valve covers for a period lookand#44; while 202 heads and roller rockers help make the most of the air/fuel mix. Lots of chromeand#44; carefully finished inner fendersand#44; and new accessories make the engine bay look fantastic and its an easy cruiser thanks to a giant aluminum radiatorand#44; R134a refrigerant in the A/C systemand#44; and both power steering and power brakes. A 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission is a big part of the reason this car is such a pleasure to drive and the recent dual exhaust system has a pleasant burble at idle and just enough of an edge on the roll to let you know this isnt a stock Nomad. The undercarriage is quite clean and includes a restored rear end and new gas tank tucked in there just ahead of the spare tire well. Traditional Torque Thrust wheels give it the right look and spin 215/60/15 front and 245/60/15 rear BFGoodrich radials.<br /> <br><br> Fully sorted and ready to enjoyand#44; this car just works like it should. With great looksand#44; a wonderful color combinationand#44; and that Nomad appealand#44; this car delivers in a big way. Call now!