Barrett-Jackson countdown: Custom 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

Barrett-Jackson countdown: Custom 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

This is the 18th in a 30-day countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s annual Las Vegas collector car auction

If you’re going to restore a car, you might as well start from the ground up. That was the motto for the people who restored this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad.

The car was built out of all-new TIG-welded sheet metal and given a 1960s hot rod theme. A louvered hood, tubbed rear wheel wells, chrome-plated brass eyebrow trim, a Smoothie front bumper were added before it was finished in Corvette Atomic Orange.

The front fender wells are channeled for wiring and the car also has custom stainless-steel covers, supports, skid plate and gas tank.

Under the hood, the custom project has an Edlebrock limited dual 4-barrel 350cid V8 Performed Series crate engine with a Hyperdrive pulley system and polished aluminum radiator core support. That powerhouse is matched with a modified 700R 6-speed automatic transmission with a Lokar shifter.

Inside, the car has pleated bench seats and numerous upgrades, such as Classic Instruments gauges, custom-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel, Vintage Air, cruise control, Kenwood FM/CD/MP3 with GPS and speedometer data.

The nomad has won multiple first-place prizes at Winter National events and earned multiple Platinum Certificates. It was also featured in a center spread in Chevy Classics magazine.

Barrett-Jackson’s annual Las Vegas auction is scheduled for September 27-29 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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