AutoHunter Spotlight: 1955 Chevrolet Nomad

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad built by Joe Martin/Elite Autoworks of “Iron Resurrection” fame. Over $50,000 alone was invested in the exterior paint and detailing. It is powered by a 383ci small-block stroker paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Features include bucket seats, modern climate control system, RideTech suspension components and power windows, among others. Finished in bright red with custom graphics over a gray interior, this rust-free 1955 Chevrolet Nomad comes from the selling dealer with a clear title.

Shorty Ponce shot the PPG Viper Red, with Joe Martin handling the custom flames and ghost skulls (even behind the fuel filler door). Complements include chrome dual side-view mirrors, chrome headlight and side trim, and chrome tailgate trim.

A set of five-spoke aluminum Coys wheels is wrapped in Delinte radials.

The front buckets and rear seat are upholstered in gray vinyl. Features include a custom-fabricated red center console with flame accents, Alpine AM/FM stereo, tilt steering column with automatic shifter, Vintage Air climate controls, and two-spoke aluminum steering wheel with red grip.

The red dashboard features polished aluminum inserts. The instrument panel includes a 140-mph speedometer and combination gauge with read-outs for the fuel level, oil pressure, coolant temperature and voltage. The odometer reads 1,110 miles, which the seller reports to be accurate.

Power comes from a 383ci small-block stroker V8 with 9.5:1 piston built by Gary Willowby of Gary’s Machine Shop. The original Powerglide was replaced by a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission. Engine features include custom Joe Martin-made valve covers, aluminum RHS Pro Action heads, Edelbrock aluminum intake, Edelbrock 650-cfm AVS carburetor, Patriot 1⅞-inch ceramic long-tube headers and more.

This Nomad is equipped with an independent front suspension with RideTech tubular control arms and Ford nine-inch solid rear axle mounted with a RideTech four-link. Braking has been upgraded with a chrome CPP master cylinder assisting the 13-inch CPP power front disc brakes. Additional photos of the undercarriage can be found on the auction page.

The auction for this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad built by Joe Martin and Elite Autoworks ends on Monday, May 1, 2023, at 2:45 p.m. (PDT)

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