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1956 Chevy Nomad - Head Of The Class

Check Out Vinny Esposito's 995-Point '56 Nomad.

By Mike Ficacci, Photography by Dan Ryder, Mike Ficacci

The interior color combination on the seats, door panels, and carpets consists of German inspiration with the tan carpets in the form of a German Square weave and the leather bench seat and door panels being covered in tan hides of that of the Porsche Cayenne sports utility vehicle. Classic Instruments tan Bel-Era gauges were installed as well as a cut-down stock steering wheel, Hurst/Lokar custom made shifter, and an original front window from 1956. Bruce Devlin of Devlin Upholstery in Sayreville, New Jersey, installed all interior components.

Hanover Auto Craft spent countless hours tackling the exterior. PPG was used for the primer, clearcoat and 1958 Condor Yellow base. The color combination, along with chrome on every edge, takes you back to 1956.

"When I saw the Nomad at Norm's shop, it looked just like I thought it would. I ran to the first event I possibly could, which was the Classic Chevy Show in Hagerstown, Maryland, and scored a 995 out of 1,000 points," Vinny says. "I was so upset that I am now in the process of fixing the one ding and giving the lighter a power source."

Conquering all the Super Chevy Shows and everything else on the east coast, Vinny plans on collecting as many Best In Show trophies as they will allow him to walk off the premises with. Of Gold Class caliber, and near 1,000-point worthy, even the Ford guys drool when he comes to town. Look for the car in the winner's circle of any car show that gets graced with the presence of this stellar '56.

By Mike Ficacci
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