1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570
Lot 312
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod
Chassis no. VC55A054570
Sold for US$ 37,440 inc. premium

Lot Details
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod  Chassis no. VC55A054570
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Resto-Rod
Chassis no. VC55A054570
Chevrolet's Nomad originates from the Corvette, which had appeared as a Motorama show car in 1953 and debuted later that summer. As a reprise, head stylist Harley Earl challenged his team to come up with Corvette variations for the 1954 Motorama. Of the three Motorama Corvettes displayed at the Waldorf Astoria, the Nomad wagon generated the most interest. Earl took note of this and made the decision in January 1954 to move forward with a Nomad based on the 1955 Chevrolet, which was just being wrapped up.

In two days, stylists transferred the top from the Motorama Corvette onto a '55 Chevy buck. The canted, ribbed tailgate design was retained too. Unlike other '55 Chevys, the Nomad received distinctive, rounded rear wheel openings, just like the front wheels. Headlights received brows that mimicked the B-pillar's slant, and it continued as side molding up to the rear edge of the door.

On February 2, 1955, the Nomad was officially introduced to the world as the most expensive passenger car produced by Chevrolet. All told, 8,386 Nomads were built in 1955. The model would last through 1957, upon which the name was applied to Chevrolet's undistinguished top four-door wagon for 1958.

This Atlantic Blue 1955 Nomad has received a frame-off restoration to modern standards. It is now running a GM Performance Ram Jet fuel-injected 350ci crate motor. The transmission is a 700R4 four-speed automatic with overdrive. Other modern features include power steering, Vintage Air climate control system, tilt column, power disc brakes, power windows, 17-inch American Racing wheels, polished cross-flow radiator and heavy-duty cooling system, custom smoke gray glass, charcoal bucket seats with console, modern instrumentation, custom stereo, chromed engine compartment, and under-dash wiper system. Currently part of a prominent Texas collection, it's a stellar marriage of style and comfort.

Without reserve
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalogue.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Motor Cars (US)
    Auction administration - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +1 415 391 4000
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  2. Eric Minoff
    Auction administration - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9007
  3. Veronica Duque
    Auction administration - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3322
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  4. Mark Osborne
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3353
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  5. Nick Smith
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5470
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843
Similar Items