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.
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 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 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.