Ya gotta love a fast wagon. Add in a host of custom touches, and well, call us smitten. This 1955 Chevrolet Nomad resto-mod has all that and a whole lot more, and now, it’s headed to the auction block.
Built over a two-year time period, the custom Chevy is nicknamed “Gone Mad,” and it’s pretty obvious why. This is what happens when a builder goes all out, throwing in every trick in the book to create something truly special.
Let’s start from the ground up. Under all those lovely custom body pieces, the underpinnings include a Roadster Shop REVO chassis with four-link suspension, while the steering is a rack-and-pinion setup. Wilwood brakes haul it down.
And it’s a good thing this Chevrolet Nomad can stop and turn, because lurking under the hood is an all-aluminum 509 cubic-inch V8 engine build Shafiroff. Thanks to a number of go-faster components, including custom stainless headers and a three-inch stainless exhaust, this big, burly ‘eight is now throwing down more than 600 horsepower on pump gasoline.
The 509 mates to a Bowler 4L80E four-speed automatic transmission, which in turn feeds a Ford nine-inch rear end and Truetrac posi-traction gears. Both the engine bay and undercarriage feature custom panels finished in the body color, giving it an ultra-clean look, no matter the angle.
Inside is a custom cabin built to look like a cigar lounge, incorporating acres of Relicate leather and a number of hand-fabricated panels. Up top is a one-piece headliner that’s been airbrushed in wood grain.
Outside, this Chevrolet Nomad was slathered in Glasurit paint, on top of which is no less than five applications of wet-sanded clear coat. The corners are stuffed with a quartet of Billet Specialties wheels, measured at 18 inches by 8 inches in front, and 20 inches by 12 inches in the rear.
Unsurprisingly, this custom 1955 Chevrolet Nomad has accumulated a number of accolades, including a showing at SEMA, a cover feature in Super Chevy magazine, and a Street Rodder Top 100 selection. We also covered this build back in April.
Now, the “Gone mad” Chevrolet Nomad heads to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, as Lot #1320. The auction is scheduled to begin January 12th, and will also feature a pristine Oldsmobile Hurst 442, and a strange lifted Ferrari-themed Pontiac Fiero.