Sunday, November 13, 2016


One of the most popular cars among hot rodders is the 1955 Chevrolet and no body style is more prized than the two-door Nomad station wagon. The Nomad was the production version of a concept car introduced at the 1954 General Motors “Motorama.”  Just over 8000 1955 Nomads were produced and the author found two striking custom versions at the 2016 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas.  

The first Nomad displayed in the Spectre Performance booth is known as “Gone Mad” was built by the Classic Car Studio Speed Shop from St Louis Missouri. The colors are Krazy Kiwi with Truffle Butter Gold from the BASF Glasurit® paint system. Author photo.
 The engine built by Shafiroff Racing Engines from a World aluminum block produces 625 horsepower and 638 ft/lbs of torque. Author photo.
 The interior features Relicate Custom leather over PROCAR seats by Scat Enterprises and an American Retro steering wheel. Photo supplied by Classic Car Studio Speed Shop.
The one-piece woodgrain headliner is amazing. Photo supplied by Classic Car Studio Speed Shop.
The second custom 1955 Chevrolet Nomad on display in the AzkoNobel booth was built by Kindig It Designs, the Salt Lake City Utah based custom shop led by Dave Kindig, who stars in the Velocity network show “Bitchin’ Rides.” Author photo.
Notice that the Nomad which debuted at SEMA 2016 has the typical Kindig attention to details with patented custom smoothed ‘spoon style’ door handles and the bumpers pulled in tight to the body. Author photo.

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