1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon

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Added mid-year, the Nomad was distinctive in the 1955 Chevy lineup. 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 that 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. Powered by Chevy’s reliable 265-cubic inch V-8 engine, the Nomad can cruise easily on today’s highways, making it an excellent daily driver.

205 hp, 265 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front and rear leaf spring suspension, and four-wheel power drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.

Part of the RM Auctions event for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel

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