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In The Garage: 2009-2014

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1955 Chevrolet Bel

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad owned by John Pedretti

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
When the Nomad debuted in 1955, it was a radical departure from the staid family station wagons of the period. Just a year earlier, General Motors had revealed a similar concept car during its "Motorama" shows in several major cities. "The radius rear tire wells and the slanted roof posts give this two-door wagon a 'chopped' and custom look from the factory that draws people to it," Pedretti says. "They only made a little over 8,530 Nomads in 1955 out of over 1.5 million Chevys produced that year." Despite a stock appearance on the outside, Pedretti's ride boasts a supercharged 350-cubic-inch V-8 engine, as well as a modern transmission and rear differential.

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