1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon  Chassis no. VC56L074035

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Lot 131
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon
Chassis no. VC56L074035

Sold for US$ 52,650 inc. premium
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon
Chassis no. VC56L074035
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.

The 1956 Nomad on offer here joined the Lewis collection in 2008 through Purdy’s Classic Memories in Milwaukie, Oregon, from an Arizona auction. Prior to that, it passed through the hands of Frank Motors of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Fleming’s Ultimate Garage in Rockville, Maryland and auto appraiser Jack Anderson of Owings Mills, Maryland, who graciously invited new owners to contact him with any questions, in a note which accompanies the car’s documents.

In truth, it is a spectacular example of a 1956 Nomad. As a frame-off restoration, the Crocus Yellow and Onyx Black paint is doubly arresting among today’s dull silver, white or muddy colors. The vibrant tones are repeated in the splendid interior, which includes a radio and clock and has the chrome ribbed hardtop headliner.

The bodywork, paint and extensive trim are hard to fault. The panel fit is excellent throughout, the glass is good and the window and door rubber fresh. This Nomad is a proven show winner, indicating that skilled judges have come to the same conclusions.

Under the hood, this Nomad sports the 4-barrel 205-horsepower, 265-cubic-inch V8. It is impressively clean and correct with the engine finished in the one-year-only red color. The car is fitted with a Powerglide automatic transmission and power brakes. The odometer indicates 59,885 miles, which certainly seems in line with the splendid restoration of what must have been an impressively sound car to begin with.

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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon  Chassis no. VC56L074035
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon  Chassis no. VC56L074035
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon  Chassis no. VC56L074035
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon  Chassis no. VC56L074035
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon  Chassis no. VC56L074035
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