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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Sport Wagon Chassis no. VC56L091264 Engine no. VC56L091264

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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Sport Wagon

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Sport Wagon
Chassis no. VC56L091264
Engine no. VC56L091264

265ci OHV V8 Engine
Single Carburetor
162bhp at 4,400rpm
2-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Beautifully finished in its as-delivered Calypso Cream and Grecian Gold paint
*Winner of numerous First in Class Awards
*Trendsetting 1950s style with much room in the back
*The car that defined an era


Introduced in 1950, the second-generation Bel Air, so named the "Tri-Five" for its iterations in 1955, '56, and '57, would go on to define not just Chevrolet, but the 1950s era of American motoring. Divesting itself of any vestiges of pre-WWII design, the all-new 1955 Bel Air, called the "Hot One" in GM's advertising, was a crisp, cleanly designed full-size model with an egg-crate grill inspired by the likes of Ferrari. Under the hood was the all-new 265ci V8 that was transforming Chevy's model range and cementing legends like the V8 Corvette. In 1956, Chevrolet altered the trim and external details on the successful '55s, brightening up the package to appear even more eager.


This striking Calypso Cream and Grecian Gold over Yellow and Black Nomad presents in truly wonderful condition. The recipient of many first in class wins at car shows and concours d'elegance events, it was graded 95 points using CCA guidelines. From the incredibly lustrous chrome, to the clean underbody and interior, this Bel Air is one of exceptionally high quality. Moreover, it is handsomely optioned with power steering, push button radio, and a smooth Powerglide transmission.

While the early history of this car has retreated to mystery, it previously resided within the John O'Quinn collection in Houston, Texas until 2010 when it was purchased by the current owner. Currently, roughly 52,000 original miles appear on the dash, which would allude to limited use of the course of sixty years. Carrying all the grace, style, and pace that it encompassed when it left the factory in 1956, this practical, yet elegant Nomad, is ready to roll on to its next owner.

As in 1955, the Nomad Sport Wagon remained Chevrolet's most expensive car, excluding the Corvette, selling for $2,707. Only 7,886 were sold in 1956, making it the most rare, desirable, and collectable Bel Air. With this example showing in such fine condition, now is the opportunity to own a prime example of Fifties style.

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Please note, the correct engine number for this vehicle is 058625IF56F.

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