Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
There was a time when this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad might have been overlooked for its hardtop siblings, but that day is long gone. Today the Nomad is near the top of every Chevy fan's wish list, and this gorgeous custom wagon gets a lot of things right: a dialed-in paint job, a comfortable A/C interior, and a fully sorted 454 V8 and automatic drivetrain that offers more power and more comfort than you could get from any factory in 1955. Take your time and drink in this beautiful Tri-5 wagon, because every square inch of this classic is absolutely special.
The dominating color on this beauty is pretty close to the shade of Gypsy Red offered in 1955 (although this one might have a bit more Dark Red/Cranberry mixed in it), giving this nut-and-bolt restored Nomad a very dynamic look. It's top end driver-quality finish that was obviously very expensive when it was laid down, and although it has a several miles and years on it now, it still presents very well today, with only minor imperfections to speak of. That's not hyperbole, most of the minor issues could easily be remedied with a professional buff-and-polish job and a little touch-up over the weekend, and quite frankly we're still picking up our jaws off the floor after seeing this baby roll into our showroom. There's no denying the handsome good looks of the 2-door wagon, and what they may have lacked in practicality they more than made up for with pure style, with a style that practically begged for customization. The full-boat restoration focused on getting the basics right first, since nobody in his right mind would think he could improve on the factory sheetmetal design, and the high-quality bodywork looks great. Tight gaps, laser-straight panels, and deep, glossy paint make this an immediate crowd pleaser when you roll into any show on the planet. For many enthusiasts, the inaugural 1955 is the best-looking of the Tri-Five Chevys, and the builders must have agreed because they let that original shine show through on this first-year Nomad. This one also carries upscale Bel Air trim (which was the only way you could get a Nomad) that includes that dramatic side spear and vertical tailgate strips, and all the chrome has been refinished to high-end standards as well, so it truly sparkles in the sun. Cross-country vintage haulers with space for the whole family just don't get much better than this.
There's more awesomeness inside where all the custom work is so memorable, yet still so tastefully done that it's hard to find a better, more honest interior in our inventory. The soft-yet firm, gray tweed upholstery has a high-end look that wears like iron, neatly stitched together by professionals years ago and still holding up extremely well today. The front splint-bench seat is in great shape and only shows minor stains, with no real wear-and-tear to speak of, and the back seat likely hasn't had a passenger in this decade. Thick carpets with plush weave and nap were installed and further protected with gray vinyl floormats, and custom door panels were created using the same tweed pattern on the seats. There's also some beautiful chrome and aluminum accents on those door panels, which mirrors the bling found on the machine-turned dash panel insert that made these Tri-5s famous. Of course, it's got all the modern conveniences like cold A/C, a tilt column, power steering and brakes, and a modern retro-style AM/FM/AUX stereo system that's managed by super-cool red-dice knobs. A later-model steering wheel is a comfortable piece that looks quite at home in this '55, while the instrument panel ahead of it features stock-style, all-in-one gauge unit that was likely installed at the time of the restoration, and it's augmented with a trio of auxiliary units under the dash. In back, there's a gorgeous cargo bay that's just too nice to use for hauling anything dirty, but it's fully insulated with the same custom-made quilted carpeting that matches the upholstery and protects the entire cabin.
The powerful 454 V8 engine powering this Nomad is a far cry from the original 265. It obviously fits beautifully and thanks to upgraded hardware inside and out, it's as reliable as your daily driver and quite a bit more powerful. Chrome valve covers and a matching open-element air cleaner work a dressed-up look, but the rest of the block uses fairly common, albeit top of the line, performance parts to ensure reliability and easy service. A big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor atop an Edelbrock Performer intake feeds the torque monster underneath, long-tube headers help it breathe, and a big aluminum radiator up front keeps the whole show nice and cool under any conditions. The firewall and inner fenders were painted red to match the exterior, further proof that this wasn't just some throw-together build. A TH400 3-speed automatic overdrive transmission feeds a heavy-duty rear end out back and is a big part of t
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