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Lot 144

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

  • Chassis no. VC55L031515

Sold for $60,500

  • Classic ’50s scheme of Shadow Gray Metallic over Coral
  • Highly optioned with power steering, brakes, windows, and seat
  • 265 V-8 and Powerglide transmission

Without a doubt one of the icons of ’50s collectibles, the Tri-Five Chevys (1955–1957) offered something for everyone; two- and four-door sedans, hardtops and wagons, as well as a snazzy convertible. Even a stylish and sporty four-door wagon called the Nomad. From the entry-level 150 to the mid-pack 210 to the top-of-the line Bel Air, Chevrolet had all of the bases covered.

Not only did Chevrolet offer an all-new car for 1955, it was powered by a totally new engine. It was the first V-8 engine offered by Chevrolet since 1919, ushering in the era of a modern, overhead-valve, high-compression V-8 engine in a low-price car. Styling went from a conservative “mom and pop” look to a youthful and sporty look.

Headlining the lineup in the top series was the Bel Air Nomad wagon. Fashioned after the Corvette-based Nomad show car, the production version retained the unique slanted B-pillars that characterized the model during its three-year production run. Other distinctive features included horizontally sliding rear compartment side windows, a forward-slanting tailgate with seven vertical chrome bars and Nomad script, and full rear-wheel opening cutouts.

Finished in a classic combination of Shadow Gray Metallic over Coral, this first-year Nomad was sold new in San Diego, California, in 1955. It is well-equipped with desirable options including power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat, and the 265-cu. in. V-8 with Powerglide automatic transmission. Formerly in the collection of Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance founder Bill Warner, it benefits from a recent transmission rebuild, front-end alignment, and complete vehicle inspection. Custom Koni shocks with special valving, custom sway bar, and Coker whitewall radial tires have been added to enhance comfort and drivability. The car was repainted by Harbor Auto Restorations and re-chromed by Graves Plating in the early 2000s.

Produced from 1955–1957, the Nomads are certainly among the most collectible of the Tri-Fives. This was Chevrolet’s most expensive car for 1955 and with only 8,386 built, they are seldom offered for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a fine example.

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