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AJ's Car of the Day '56 Chevrolet Nomad
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Car: Chevrolet Nomad Wagon

Year: 1956

What makes it special: Chevrolet's Nomad was a station wagon model made off and on from 1955 to 1972, and a Chevy Van trim package in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The Nomad is best remembered in its Tri-Five, two-door 1955–57 form, and was considered a halo model during its three-year production as a two-door station wagon.

What made it famous: Chevrolets received a face-lift for 1956. This gave Chevy's a more conventional full-width grille for customers who didn't like the Ferrari-inspired '55 front end. Nomad's now carried the same interior and rear-wheel sheet metal as other Bel Airs, lacking the original's unique trim. Shoulder harnesses, and a padded dashboard were now available. For 1956 Chevys hid the gas cap behind a left side, flip-down tail light. Engine choices for the '56 were an Overhead-Valve 235 Inline-6 rated at 140 bhp, and an Overhead-Valve 265 V8, rated at 162/170 bhp. Transmission choices were a 3-speed manual overdrive, or optional 2-speed Powerglide automatic.

Why I would want one: Anyone into cars has wanted the famed Nomad. The 1956 model is my favorite.

Fun fact: The name "Nomad" means someone who is roaming about for pasture, or pastoral tribe, and is a member of a community of people who live in different locations, moving from one place to another.

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