1956 Chevrolet Nomad Bel Air 2D Wagon  Chassis no. VC56O006486
Lot 328
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Chassis no. VC560006486 Engine no. FI0224
Sold for US$ 36,800 inc. premium
Lot Details
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad
Chassis no. VC560006486
Engine no. FI0224
• 265ci OHV 205hp Turbo Fire V8, the 'Hot One'
• Three-speed Powerglide automatic

• Well-optioned example
• The most stylish practical car ever built

Chevrolet continued on a roll in 1956, merely altering the trim and external details on the successful '55s and brightening up the package to appear more eager. The grilles were extended to full-width, containing sidelights, the side trim was extended to the headlights and including a two-tone color spear and the taillights were enlarged, with the left concealing the gas filler. Chevrolet sold 1,574,740 cars and trucks in 1956, down slightly from 1,713,478 the previous year.

As in 1955, the Nomad Sport Wagon remained Chevrolet's most expensive car, excluding the Corvette, selling for $2,707. However only 7,886 found new homes, against 113,656 210 4-door wagons. Times have certainly changed.

This Matador Red and Dune Beige, with matching red vinyl contrasted with beige cloth inside, Nomad was assembled in GM's Oakland, California plant early in the production run. The practical sibling to the preceding lot, the purchaser must not have been one to skimp on options because, in addition to the standard comfort items like power brakes and steer as well as A/C, the push-button radio option box was ticked as was the box for the Turbo Fire 265ci V8—the revered 'Hot One' motor. This 4-barrel, 205-horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque mill provided a healthy bump in go-juice from the standard 170 pony V8. Running power through an optional 2-speed Powerglide automatic and exhaling by way of dual exhausts, it made the sporty Nomad move like an angry bull when coerced—with swiftness and a dose of aggression.

Like all Nomads, the level of detail is astounding. From the stylized Chevy-bird flying atop the hood to the chrome ribs on the lift gate, it was clear that no stone was left unturned in the pursuit of style and design.

While the early history of this car has retreated to mystery, it previously resided in a well known private Midwestern museum from 2006 until it joined the Oldenburg Family Collection in early 2011. Carrying all the grace, style, and pace that it had when it left Oakland in '56, this Corvette with a backpack is ready to roll on to its next owner. Consider it the most stylish thing you can reasonably take to Home Depot to haul lumber.

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