(This post was originally published by HotCars and written by Julybien Atadero.)
Classic cars are too good to be ignored when they go on sale. Their appeal goes beyond just being old; it’s the legacy they left behind decades ago. This Chevrolet Nomad is a beautiful classic from the 1950s, and looking at it feels like going back to the past because of its pristine original appearance. It’s now being sold at Auto Hunter and so far has received three bids, the highest of which is pegged at $20,000 with 11 days to go as of this writing.
Two-Tone Exterior Looks Like New
The main reason for this 1955 Nomad’s seems-like-new appearance is that it underwent a meticulous high-level frame-off restoration in 2006. Since then, this Chevy station wagon has only been driven 153 miles. Acquired by the seller two years ago, the Nomad still has all of its original sheet metal in place.
The peel-free exterior of this 1955 Nomad boast a two-tone exterior finish — Dusk Rose and India Ivory. This scheme is complemented by various chrome and polished elements like its bumpers, hood ornament, side spears and window surrounds. Its tailgate and upper hatch still fit flush and features consistent panel gaps. Its factory 15” Dusk Rose steel wheels are now shod with wide whitewall tires.
Original White-And-Gray Interior Lives On
Inside, this 1955 Nomad’s original interior lives on, with the bench seats and door panels upholstered in white and gray. Its headliner is wrapped in white perforated fabric with no signs of any damage. Prior to the introduction of the padded dash, what you lose in safety you gain in the beautiful Dusk Rose body color spread across the dash and on the steering wheel. One concession to safety, has been the installation of gray lap belts.
Just like the exterior, the dash, the steering column and the three-spoke steering wheel are finished in Dusk Rose as contrasted by silver trim. On the dash is a rebuilt 110-mph speedometer, gauges for coolant temperature and fuel level, an analog clock, a five-digit odometer and a vintage-look modern radio in place of the original unit.
Factory 265-Ci V8 Engine Still Working
The authenticity extends to the driving experience as the the station wagon’s two-barrel 265-ci V8 engine and two-speed Power Glide automatic transmission managed to survive father time. Finished in the correct Chevrolet Orange, with black “Chevrolet” scripts on valve covers, the V8 mill was recently serviced – including oil change and a chassis lube – in Summer 2020.
While the two-door wagon has appeared in later decades, the attractive body style is mostly owned by the 50s and to this model, specifically. One of the best examples you are ever likely to find, can now be yours through AutoHunter.