The NewMad – 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

24,000 – That’s how many man-hours it took to turn a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad into the award-winning Chevy “NewMad”. Yes, you read that correctly – 24,000 hours and 1.3 million dollars.

1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom Concept

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

Hot rod designer Chris Ito was commissioned by a Phoenix couple to pen the redesign. The NewMad began its life as the first generation Chevrolet Nomad, the halo model wagon derived from the Motorama Corvette of 1953-54.


After Ito fixed the shape, the almost unbelievable 22,000 hours of labor were performed at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon.

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

The term “custom” barely begins to describe it. The chassis was built specifically for the car with suspension from a 2000 Corvette. Also the body has been lengthened, the sheet metal was shaped by hand, and all of the glass is one-off.

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

The interior pulls from many well-known makes including a Mercury Marauder cowl, Lexus seats, Jaguar interior door handles, and Porsche window switches. The leather interior is full-custom as well. The hood covers 496 cubic all aluminum fuel-injected big block which develops as much as 475 HP coupled with a 4L80E transmission.

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

Introducing the 1955 Chevy NEWMAD

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

The NewMad - 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom

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