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Make: Chevrolet
Model: Nomad
Type: Wagon
Year: 1955
Mileage: 999,999
VIN: B55B178278
Color: Blue
Engine: 350 V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Gray
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States

1955 Chevrolet Nomad BEL AIR SEDAN DELIVERY Additional Info:

We are willing to help ship worldwide at the buyer's expense afterpayment in full.

1955 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

Vin # B55B178278

STYLE # 55-1083

BODY # CL1736

TRIM # 514

PAINT # 589

350 V8 MOTOR





























Here is your Black Friday Special if you are looking for a 55 Chevy !

Reserve price is well below investment. Reserve price is not a buy it now price.

We are hopeful bids will come closer to what we has invested. This is not a must sell, if the reserve is not met we are content to make room for the car & store it. This is a solid buy and a solid car.

Please read the entire description, the previous owner had spent a lot of time & money

on the car.

Body was reworked awhile back an unknown body shop. I would estimate the frame off restoration to have been done 15 to 20 years ago and keep in great shape since then.

The motor appears to be a late model 70's 350 V8 and 350 turbo automatic transmission.

Car is definitely an eye catcher & someone has poured a lot of money into it. Car runs great & rides/drives like an old car. This car is not a rotisserie restored car destined for SEMA or a national show car but is a very impressive driver/local car show quality vehicle that can be driven & is priced as such. This car is 61 years old so I highly recommend & prefer anyone interested come look at, inspect & drive the car prior to bidding. Please remember you are bidding to buy & not to come look at & make an offer. That will not happen. If you cannot come inspect then I recommend you have the vehicle inspected by a reputable inspection company, or find another car to buy.

Let me start by saying Happy Thanksgiving !
Up for auction today is a sweet little piece of history and Newton Motor Company is pleased to offer this vehicle up for auction. The auction is a low reserve auction and the reserve is NOT a buy it now price. Newton Motor Company is a Tennessee Licensed, Bonded, and insured motor vehicle dealer and we have been in business for over 15 years and are here to answer any and all questions about this vehicle and are willing to get you as many pictures as you need to satisfy any concerns you have to get you all the detailed facts that can be provided. We are selling this 61 year old vehicle up for auction AS - IS WITH NO WARRANTY. Buyer is responsible for checking the car out and being totally satisfied before bidding. The car is a auction and the winning bidder is the owner, it is not to bid to see if you want it auction. All bidders with low feedback under 20 need to contact me before bidding. We list cars one time to sell. We will be more than glad to take pictures, text, email, or even FaceTime anything and everything about the car. Feel free to send a car inspector to confirm everything about the car and / or please come for yourself and see first hand what you are bidding on. It is up to you to confirm anything you need to know or want to know about this car. Please do not assume, please confirm. This auction is for 7 days and you have plenty of time to do whatever do diligence you need to do before bidding and / or buying the car. I am sorry in advance for repeating myself, but I want to do my best to clarify everything about the description of this vehicle and this auction. We reserve the right to cancel any bids that we do not feel is valid and we also reserve the right to cancel this auction at anytime.
Newton Motor Company681 West Main StreetHendersonville, Tennessee 37075Office - 615-822-0411 Cell - 615-426-5855
Please make appointment to see the car. The car is stored in temperature controlled warehouse with central heat and air for viewing.


This description is based solely on the writers’ opinion of the car.

I do not claim to be an expert. You are the only one that knows what you want in a car so you need to come inspect the car prior to bidding. Car is 61 years old & is being sold AS IS WHERE IS with NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED or IMPLIED. Description is based on writer’s opinion & inspection of the vehicle. Winning bidder responsible for any/all future repairs the vehicle may need and any/all costs for such repairs. Winning bidder also responsible for any safety/emission test his/her state, county or city may require & any/all costs incurred in order for the vehicle to pass such tests. Clean & clear TN title will be passed on to the winning bidder. Please INSPECT IN PERSON or have vehicle inspected prior to bidding. $500 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT due within 3 days of auction close & balance is due within 10 days of auction close. I prefer the car be picked up within 10 days of auction close but will allow longer if needed. CASH IN PERSON or WIRE TRANSFER are the only methods of payment accepted. Owner will be present at the close of sale & is available anytime while the auction is running. Thanks for looking, good luck & feel free to ask questions!

On Nov-24-16 at 17:52:09 PST, seller added the following information:

This car is being sold by a motor vehicle dealer in the state of Tennessee and all Tennessee residence must pay applicable tax on the vehicle purchase price. All other residences of other states or countries are responsible for their own taxes. There is no other fees added to the purchase price. The final price of the car on eBay is the final price price at the dealership plus applicable taxes for Tennessee residence ONLY. Other dealers are welcome to bid as well.
1955Chevrolet21021002 doorWagonSedan DeliveryHandy WagonBel Air1501500NomadTri Five

On Nov-25-16 at 11:01:21 PST, seller added the following information:

Decoding the Tri-Five Chevy 55 56 57 Passenger Car VIN

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): The VIN tag is located on a stainless steel plate that is spot welded to the driver's side front door jamb. Although, hard to see, Chevrolet also had the vehicle identification number stamped on the frame roughly below the drivers seat.

Decoding the VIN number:

Digit 1 - Model Type

The VIN may be ten or eleven characters long. The letter "V" before the first digit is the eleventh character, and denotes a V8 engine in the 1955 - 1957 cars. For cars originally equipped with a six cylinder engine, the "V" was omitted and the VIN would be only ten characters long rather than eleven..

Code Years Series Model Type
A 55-57 1500 150
B 55-57 2100 210
C 55-57 2400 Bel Air
D 55-57 1508 Sedan Delivery
E 55-57 2934 Corvette

Digits 2-3 - Year Of Vehicle

Code Year
55 1955
56 1956
57 1957

Digit 4 - Assembly Plant

Code Assembly Plant
A Atlanta, GA
B Baltimore, MD
F Flint, MI
J Janesville, WI
K Kansas City, MO
L Los Angeles, CA
N Norwood, OH
O Oakland, CA
S St. Louis, MO
T Tarrytown, NY

Digit 5+ - Sequence Number

Each plant used their own sequence numbers and usually started with number - 001001 for 1955 and 1956, and 10001 for 1957. This number became the car's serial number.

55 Chevy ID Numbers


Located on the plate on the left front door hinge pillar post. The 8cylinder vehicles have a "V" preceding the first digit.

FIRST DIGIT: Identifies the series and model

A One-Fifty, 6cyl - 1500
VB One-Fifty, 8cyl - 1500
B Two-Ten, 6-cyl - 2100
VB Two-Ten, 8-cyl - 2100
C Bel Air, 6-cyl - 2400
VC Bel Air, 8-cyl - 2400
D Sedan delivery, 6-cyl - 1508
E Corvette, 6cyl - 2934
VE Corvette, 8cyl - 2934

SECOND AND THIRD DIGITS: Identify the model year -1955

FOURTH DIGIT: Identifies the assembly plant

A Atlanta, GA
B Baltimore, MD
F Flint, MI
J Janesville, WI
K Kansas City, MO
L Los Angeles, CA
O Oakland, CA
S St Louis, MO
T Tarrytown, NY
N Norwood, OH

LAST SIX DIGITS: Represent the basic production number


Located on the right hand side of the cowl.

THE STYLE NUMBER indicates the model and body style.

1011D 2-Dr. sedan
1019D 4-Dr. sedan
1037D Sport coupe
1062DF Station wagon (Beauville)
1064DF Station wagon (Nomad)
1067D Convertible

1211 2-Dr. sedan
1211B Utility sedan
1219 4-Dr. sedan
1263F Station wagon (Handyman)
1271 Sedan delivery

1011 2-Dr. sedan
1019 4-Dr. sedan
1011A Club coupe
1037 Sport coupe
1062F Station wagon (Townsman)
1063F Station wagon (Handyman)

2934 2-Dr.

THE BODY NUMBER is the production serial number of the body.

THE COLOR CODE indicates the paint color used on the car.

585 Onyx Black
586 Sea Mist Green
587 Neptune Green
588 Skyline Blue
589 Glacier Blue
590 Copper Maroon
591 Shoreline Beige
592 Autumn Bronze
593 India Ivory
594 Shadow Gray
596 Gypsy Red
598 Regal Turquoise
626 Coral
630 Harvest Gold
683 Cashmere Blue
* Polo White
* Harvest Gold
* Gypsy Red
* Corvette Copper


599 Sea Mist Green/Neptune Green
600 Skyline Blue/Glacier Blue
601 Neptune Green/Shoreline Beige
602 India Ivory/Skyline Blue
603 Autumn Bronze/Shoreline Beige
604 Neptune Green/Sea Mist Green
605 India Ivory/Sea Mist Green
606 Shoreline Beige/Autumn Bronze
607 Glacier Blue/Shoreline Beige
608 India Ivory/Onyx Black....
610 Glacier Blue/Skyline Blue
612 India Ivory/Regal Turquoise
613 Shoreline Beige/Neptune Green
614 Shoreline Beige/Glacier Blue
615 Shoreline Beige/Gypsy Red
617 India Ivory/Gypsy Red
624 India Ivory/Shadow Gray
627 Shadow Gray/Coral
628 Onyx Black/India Ivory
629 India Ivory/Coral
631 India Ivory/Harvest Gold
682 India Ivory/Cashmere Blue
684 India Ivory/Navajo Tan
685 India Ivory/Dusk Rose

THE TRIM CODE indicates the key to the trim color and material for each model series.

500 Gray
547 Gray/Black
506 Blue/Beige
507 Green/Beige
508 Black/ivory
503 Blue
504 Green
505 Tan/Brown
509 Blue
510 Green
511 Brown/Beige
513 Turquoise/ivory
531 Gray/Coral
549 Gray/ivory
525 Red/Beige
526 Green
527 Blue
528 Brown/Beige
533 Gray/Coral
537 Truquoise/lvory
551 Gray/ivory
519 Beige/Blue
520 Beige/Green
521 Beige/Red
522 Beige/Turquoise
532 Gray/Coral
550 Gray/Ivory
514 Blue/Beige
515 Green
516 Brown/Beige
517 Beige
518 Beige/Blue
502,501 Straw/Brown
524 Green

On Nov-25-16 at 11:56:57 PST, seller added the following information:

I am providing some information that I found on line to help you do any research needed
Vin Tag

The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) tag is located on the drivers door front pillar post on. It's made of stainless steel and spot welded in place.

These few letters and numbers can give us a wealth of information regarding the history of our car.

A. If the VIN starts with a V, the car came with a V8 engine. The second letter is the model designation. If there is no V, the car came with a 6 cylinder engine
VA = 1500 (150) with V8 VB = 2100 (210) with V8 VC = 2400 (Bel Air) with V8
VD = 1508 (Sedan Delivery) with V8 VE = 2900 (Corvette) with V8

More in-depth descriptions of each model and series can be found HERE

B. These two numbers indicate the year of the car.

C. This one letter indicates the plant the car was assembled in:
A- Atlanta, GA B- Baltimore, MD F- Flint, MI J- Janesville, WI
K- Kansas City, MO L- Los Angeles, CA N- Norwood, OH O- Oakland, CA
S- Saint Louis, MO T- Tarrytown, NY

D. This is the serial number of the car, numbers were not duplicated at the same plant. In 1955 and 1956 the numbers were started at 1001 at each plant, 1957 started with 100001.

Example: My VIN shows a V8 equipped 1957 Bel Air assembled in Atlanta, GA and was the 19035 car built.

Cowl Tag

The cowl tag is made from aluminum and riveted to the firewall in the engine compartment.

Again much information can be gained about the car from this info.

A. These two numbers indicate the year of the car.

B. Numbers and sometimes letters here is the model and series assigned by the Fisher Body Plant.

C. Indicates which Fisher Body Plant produced the body:

A- Atlanta, GA CL- Cleveland, OH F- Flint, MI J- Janesville, WI
K- Kansas City, MO L- Lansing, MI M- Baltimore, MD N- Norwood, OH
O- Oakland, CA S- Saint Louis, MO T- Tarrytown, NY VN- Van Nuys, CA

D. The numerical number of the body produced by Fisher Body Plant. Production began with number 1.

E. Three numbers that indicate the interior color and material type. This is a very extensive list.

F. Three numbers and possibly a letter that indicate the exterior color. This is a very extensive list.

G. Major factory accessories that were installed will be listed here. These are a few of the codes used.

AC- Air conditioning CP- Padded Dash
EZI- Tinted Glass SA- Power Seats
WA- Power Windows WS- Power Seats and Windows

Example: My Cowl Tag shows a 1957 Bel Air 2 door sports coupe produced in Atlanta, GA, was the 1270th body built, had silver vinyl with black and silver pattern cloth interior, was painted Dusk Pearl and came with no major accessories.

On Nov-25-16 at 19:12:08 PST, seller added the following information:

To clarify the car listed here and that is up for auction is a :
1955 Chevrolet 210 Sedan Delivery Wagon
The car has been lowered 3 inches in the front
* * * Please Read the entire ad and please feel free to call me at 615-822-0411 or 615-426-5855.Please request more pictures or videos of this car.
* * * Please Note - Tags & Notes for similar purposes only :Nomad - Bel Air - 150 - 1500 - 210 - 2100 - 2 door - Handy Wagon - Sedan Delivery - Tri Five

On Nov-25-16 at 19:49:10 PST, seller added the following information:

The1955 Chevrolet(sometimes referred to as '55 Chevy) is an automobile that was made byChevroletin 1955. It is considered a huge turning point for the manufacturer and a major success. It was available in three models: the 150, 210, and Bel Air.

The '55 Chevy was the first successful Chevrolet with an optionalV8 engine. Chevrolet had produced an earlier car with a V8 in 1918 (Chevrolet Series D), which used a 36-horsepower and 288-cubic-inch V8, but it remained in production for only a year.[5]In 1955, Chevrolet decided to fit its new car with an overhead valve V8 engine design, which was similar to the 1949 Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" V8 engine. The new 265-cubic-inch overhead valve V8 was designed to be smaller, lighter, and more powerful than previous V8s in the auto industry.

The new "small block" in the '55 Chevy had its problems, however. It had no oil filter, and the factory could only add one externally—owners had to opt for an external oil filter. Those who did not order the engine with the "oil filter option" had dirty oil in a short amount of time. This was corrected for the next year. The new small block V8 had an easy maintenance, and it had a built-in ability to be upgraded. The small block Chevy V8 became so popular that Chevrolet still sells it today. Although there have been various changes made to the motor to modernize it, the basic design of the original 265 remains.

The 1955 Chevrolet also offered many other firsts for Chevrolet, including changing from a 6-volt to a 12-volt electrical system. The '55 offered new options like air conditioning, power windows, and even power seats; power steering and power brakes were also optional. Other options included automatic light dimmers, door handle protectors, bumper protectors and "wonder-bar" radios. So many new options were available that some referred to the car as "Chevy's little Cadillac." Never before had so many options been offered for a car in the low-price field.

The 55's top trim offering was the Bel-Air, which had more chrome than the 150 or 210. The Bel-Air and 210 could be bought with a post between the front and rear passenger windows, or without a post. Without a post it was known as a "Hardtop," which came only in a two-door and was not offered in a four-door hard top until 1956. The two-door hardtop was also known as the "Sport Coupe." Since the Sport Coupe had no post between the two side windows, it had a slightly shorter roof and longer rear deck. The Bel-Air was available in a convertible, with the same shorter roof and longer rear deck as the sport coupe. The convertible was offered in Bel-Air trim only. 1955 also saw the introduction of the Bel Air Nomad, a sporty two-door station wagon which featured frameless door glass and elongated side windows. The unique roof design of the Nomad came directly from the 1954 Corvette Nomad, a "dream car" designed to be shown at auto shows as a concept sport wagon. Although regarded as one of the most beautiful station wagon designs of Fifties, the Nomad sold poorly, partly due to its price tag (one of the most expensive models in the Bel Air lineup) as well as its lack of four doors.

The '55 offered a wide array of colors. One solid color, which was standard for the 150, could be had for the 210 or Bel Air...or nineteen different two-tone color combinations were also available.

Along with a standard column-mounted three speed Synchro-Mesh transmission, the buyer of a '55 Chevy could specify an optional Overdrive unit to go with the stickshift, or the fully automatic two-speed Powerglide transmission. Although most everything was new in 1955 for Chevrolet, the reliable Powerglide was mostly unchanged from '54.

Additionally, Chevrolet drastically changed its body design. It had smooth straight panels on the sides and hood, wrap-around glass on the windshield, and triangular tail lights that jutted outward. And this new look, combined with new power and engineering, made the '55 an instant hit and a critical success.

The car's popular "shoe-box" body style and chassis were carried over to 1956 (with changes to some of the front and rear aesthetics), and then carried over to 1957 (where the body was lengthened several inches in the rear and more drastic aesthetic changes were made).

Chevrolet retained the same body and chassis for the 1955, 56, and 57 model years. These years are extremely sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, and are often referred to by the given nickname of "tri-fives." The nickname "tri-fives" was given because there were three model years in the 1950s.

1955 Chevrolet Body Styles – In 1955 there were many changes in body design. Most distinguishing mark of the new 1955 Chevrolet bodies is their low slung silhouettes and vertical windshield pillars.

Broad, flat hood and trunk lids are approximately 3 1/2 inches lower than 1954, while the high straight crown of the fenders enhances an impression of quickness.

The new body styles for 1955 gave the cars the appearance of much greater length although wheel bases remained unchanged from 1954. Brand new among the 16 1955 Chevy Belair auto body styles are two door station wagons.

1955 Chevrolet Body Styles & Production Totals
  • Bel Air Convertible (41,292)
  • Bel Air Sport Coupe 2 Door Hard Top (185,562)
  • Bel Air 4 Door Sedan (345,372)
  • Bel Air 2 Door Sedan (168,313)
  • Bel Air Beauville 4 Door Station Wagon (24,313)
  • Bel Air Nomad 2 Door Station Wagon (8,386)
  • Two-Ten Sport Coupe 2 Door Hard Top (11,675)
  • Two-Ten 4 Door Sedan (317,724)
  • Two-Ten 2 Door Sedan (249,105)
  • Two-Ten 2 Door 1955 Chevy Delray Club Coupe (115,584)
  • Two-Ten Townsman 4 Door Station Wagon (82,303)
  • Two-Ten Handyman 2 Door Station Wagon (28,918)
  • One-Fifty 4 Door Sedan (29,898)
  • One-Fifty 2 Door Sedan (99,146)
  • One-Fifty 2 Door Utility Sedan (11,196)
  • One-Fifty Handyman 2 Door Station Wagon (17,936)

1955 Chevrolet specifications include a 115 inch wheelbase. Most of the body styles had an overall length of 195.6 inches. 55 Chevrolet wagon such as the Nomad, Beauville, Townsman and Handyman overall length is 197.1 inches. The weight of all body styles except the station wagons (3,200 to 3,300 pounds) is about 3,100 pounds. The following is the 1955 list price: Nomads $2472.00, convertibles $2206.00, Beauville 1955 Chevy wagon $2262.00, Belair sport coupe hardtop $2,067, 1955 Chevy 4 door Bel Air $1932.00, Belair 2 door $1888.00. Two-Ten models: started at $1775 for a 2 door and $2127.00 for a Townsman wagon. One-Fifty models: started at $1593.00 for a utility wagon up to $2030.00 for a Handyman wagon. More Belair 4 Door sedans (345,372) were made than any other body style. The lowest production body style for 1955 was the 1955 Nomad Belair two-door wagon at 8,386 units made.

1955 Passenger Car Models

Seating:Body Style:Fisher Model:Total U.S. Production:

150 - 2 Door Sedan

150 - 2 Door Utility Sedan31211B151211,196
150 - 4 Door Sedan61219150329,989
150 - 2 Door Station Wagon (Handyman)61263F152917,936
150 - 2 Door Sedan Delivery127115088,811
210 - 2 Door Sedan610112102249,105
210 - 2 Door Club Coupe (Del Ray)61011A2124115,584
210 - 4 Door Sedan10192103317,724
210- 2 DoorHardtop Sport Coupe61037215411,675
210 - 4 DoorTownsman Station Wagon61062F210983,303
210 - 2 Door Wagon (Handyman)61063F212928,918
Bel Air- 2 Door Sedan61011D2402168,313
Bel Air- 4 Door Sedan1019D2403345,372
Bel Air- 2 DoorHardtop Sport Coupe61037D2454185,562
Bel Air Convertible Coupe51067D243441,292
Bel Air- 4 DoorBeauville Station Wagon6240924,313
Bel Air 2dr. Nomad Station Wagon624298,386
Corvette Convertible229342934700