Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Reno: 1955 Chevrolet custom wagon

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1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom Wagon | Barrett-Jackson Photos

Editors note: This is the first in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jacksons Reno auction.

The Chevrolet Nomad was produced from 1955-1972. In 1955, Chevrolet advertised the Nomads and Bel Airs as “The Hot One” with angular styling that gave the cars and wagons a crisp, clean and modern feel for the time.

Nomads came with chrome spears on the front fenders, chrome window moldings, full wheel covers and full interior carpet.

The model years from 1955-1957 are widely considered to be the most iconic years in the full production run of the vehicles. The Nomad differed from other wagons of its time by featuring unique styling that resembled a hardtop sedan more than the traditional station wagon.

In 1955 available options for the Nomad included a 265-cubic-inch V8 that featured an overhead-valve, high-compression and short-stroke design. The base V8 had a two-barrel carburetor and produced 162 horsepower. The “power-pack” option included a four-barrel carburetor and other upgrades that produced 180 horsepower.

This particular 1955 Chevrolet Nomad, Lot No. 638, was built by D&D Specialty cars, shows only 187 miles and features a 348-cubic-inch engine that is bored .060 over with Comp Cams rocker arms, Offenhauser intake, with various street and performance engine accessories and is mated to a Borg Warner 6-speed transmission. The wagon has a polished Winters quick-change rear end, Kugel front end and tubular A-arms.

The frame has been painted to match body that sits atop a Shockwave Air Ride system.

The exterior is adorned with House of Kolor Kosmos Red and black, with a one-off Lipstick Red custom interior, custom center console, Classic Instruments gauges, Boyd Coddington Classic II 19- and 20-inch wheels.

This 1955 Chevrolet Nomad is from the Robertson Collection.

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