The 1956 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon is one of the most popular collector cars in today’s market. You post a photo of a Camaro Z/28, Shelby GT500KR Convertible or even a Plymouth Hemi Cuda on Facebook or Twitter and they won’t get as many shares as a Chevy Nomad wagon. For all of their popularity however, the Chevy Nomad wagons are still a bargain in this market.
Take this 1956 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon just posted by Classic Car Studio near St Louis, Missouri (click here to view more photos). They say it has been a West Coast car all of its life, in California and Washington state. Life there must have been pretty good for this old girl because she came out of it with a solid body, straight and ready for gentle care. They wrote in the description that during the restoration the body was taken down to bare metal. Paint was applied in two stages. Just think about having to rechrome this car with all the incredible chrome around the windows both on the interior and exterior. The front valance is essentially all chromed and beautiful. They say all the rubber around the windows and doors has been replaced also.
But while a 1956 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon can be purchased for less than $70,000 on average, less than other cars in the hobby which come to mind as being very popular. A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible for instance has rebounded to the $100,000 category, and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda now goes for over $250,000.
Classic Car Studio does a nice job of breaking down the numbers on this Nomad in their description. (Click this link to follow their analysis.) While the block castings were never recorded to match the VINs on these cars back in the ‘50s, Classic Car Studio tells us they think the 265 ci V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor is original to the car. The casting dates were just before the build dates on the body. They say the chassis was done at the time of the restoration and suspension parts were new. The resultant ride and feel as very authentic to the stock original build.
Classic Car Studio did this short video on the classic 1956 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon. Click this link to view the video in this week’s Cars On Line newsletter.