Can You Find This 1956 Chevy Nomad A Home?


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As the seller states in their craigslist advertisement, this barn find 1956 Chevrolet Nomad is one of the more collectible of the “tri-fives.” This one is located in Columbus, Ohio, and it’s priced at $8,500. It was previously listed here on eBay, where it was bid up to and sold at $9,000. It seems the buyer must have backed out.


I’m guessing this picture is before it was rescued from the barn! Actually, the pictures aren’t that great in this advertisement, even for a craigslist ad, but the verbiage along with it is very thorough. The seller points out that the Matador Red/Dune Beige colors are original and that the car has never been wrecked. The two-door Nomads (1955-57) were not great sellers when new, however they have been very popular for years with customizers. I think I even remember building a model of one as a child.


The seller does point out that there is some rust in the what they call the “typical places” (bottom of doors, roof, rocker panels), the worst of which according to them is the roof which is in the photo above. This will take some careful work, but is certainly repairable. I could not find a patch panel available for the roof, but there’s one available for any of the other places there’s rust on the car.


The interior and dash are completely gutted, but the seller states “there are too many NOS pieces and parts to list here, but there are many boxes full of stuff that has been collected over the years to do the restoration on this car.” I hope that includes all the trim and rare interior components. Hoping for an original steering wheel is probably too much.


The 265 cubic inch V-8 is the original one and turns over, but the transmission isn’t, so if you are wanting a numbers-matching, completely original car this isn’t the one. I suspect, however, that this will end up modified in some way; there have certainly been a number customized over the years!

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  1. Robert White

    I have always wanted a custom Nomad, and the price looks right too.


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  2. skloon

    If I found it a home, I would need a new home shortly afterwards

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  3. brakeservo

    As far as being bid up to and “sold’ eBay is as corrupt as a Rustle & Steal auction so you can’t really draw any true conclusions about which bids are real, which sales are genuine etc etc etc.

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  4. al8apex

    get a roof off a Safari … sadly, they seem to be worthless

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